Karzai Says Claim Aide Was Paid By CIA ‘Insult to Afghanistan’
August 28, 2010
(ChattahBox) – The New York Times reported earlier this week that an aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that was arrested for corruption was being paid by the CIA. The leader has come out against this statement, calling it a tactic by the U.S. to destabilize his government.
The move comes amidst ever increasing tension between Karzai and the U.S., with relations souring due to the coming Afghan election on September 18, the release of aide Mohammed Zia Salehi after he was arrested on suspicion of corruption, and the order for all private security firms in the country to be out within the next four months.
“We strongly condemn such irresponsible publicity which creates suspicion and doubt and discredits officials of our country,” Reuters quoted a statement from his office.
“This is part of the routine politics of foreign newsmongering outlets and their spy agencies who try to influence other nations.”
According to the NY Times report, Salehi was being paid for some unspecified purpose in order to further U.S. influence inside the office of Karzai, and increase government support by either passing information, or acting as a secretive official for their requests.
It is also believed that the aide has been accepting bribes that have been furthering the cause of insurgent led groups in the region, which have been creating a more and more unstable situation as military operations drive them out of the country. They have been specifically targeting civilians, and there have been reports of public executions, including those of children.