CIA Funding Afghanistan’s Number One Drug Lord!
The brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been getting regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing current and former U.S. officials.
Ahmed Wali Karzai is a suspected player in Afghanistan’s opium trade and has been paid by the CIA over the past eight years for services that included helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the CIA’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, the newspaper reported.
Ahmed Wali Karzai said in an interview that he cooperates with U.S. civilian and military officials but does not engage in the drug trade and does not receive payments from the CIA, the Times said.
The CIA neither confirmed nor denied the reported payments.
“No intelligence organization worth the name would ever entertain these kinds of allegations,” a CIA spokesman told Reuters.
The Times cited several U.S. officials as saying Ahmed Wali Karzai and the CIA had a wide-ranging relationship.
He helps the U.S. spy agency operate the Kandahar Strike Force, a paramilitary group used for raids against suspected insurgents and militants, the officials told the paper. Full Story