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.


3 Responses to “Karzai Says Claim Aide Was Paid By CIA ‘Insult to Afghanistan’”

  1. Nikos Retsos on August 28th, 2010 3:04 pm

    Let’s forget about Karzai’s “insult” because he is getting rich with bribes too!

    The disclosure that the CIA pays bribes almost to everyone in the Afghan government is not a surprise. And it certainly pays bribes to most in the Pakistan government and military as well. But the fact that the CIA had made that admission publicly now probably shows that the CIA was concerned about the upcoming 2nd Wikileaks release of 15.000 pages of U.S. classified documents about the war in Afghanistan, and it decided to beat Wikileaks on the disclosure race, and whitewash the bribes as a smart foreign policy! Worse yet, to make the CIA bribes look as a virtue – rather than corruption, the CIA claims that Iran pay bribes to Afghans officials too, and, therefore, the CIA had to step up the plate and outbid Iran!!!!!! And I have no doubt that there will come a day that we learn what bribes the U.S. pay in Pakistan, and there will come another explanation by the CIA that China was paying bribes to Pakistan officials, and the CIA had to outbid China there too! What amazes me, and most Americans I guess, is the fact that we kept blaming Afghan president Hamid Karzai for corruption all along, and now we have to admit publicly that we bribe his officials for information because he either “doesn’t tell us what is going on in his administration,” or because he is clueless about! And, the story goes, we have to pay dearly for all information. And, the story continues, $ 1 billion is shipped out of the country annually! And two weeks ago, Karzai’s National Security Chief, Mohammad Zia Salehi, was arrested by the U.S. controlled Anti-Corruption Task Force for taking bribes from the Ansari National Exchange to facilitate shipping out large amounts of U.S. cash bribes. And now we learn that he was on the CIA payroll too, but he was arrested for “double dipping” on bribes. And that tells us that “CIA bribes are legal in Afghanistan, but other bribes are not! And that means: “We are failing in our Afghan war, and we are desperately trying to stabilize the country with bribes in order to secure a face-saving exit!”

    How does the CIA justifies that? The CIA now has this excuse: “Afghanistan is not Plato’s Republic, and we have to pay bribes to be effective.” But that is contrary to our claim that “we want to establish a democratic government there before we get out.” There is no precedent in the history of mankind where invaders and conquerors established a democratic government in any occupied territory with bribes. Afghan officials just enjoy the protection of the U.S. troops while they are getting rich with our bribes, and while they ship out those $ billions to live like princes outside Afghanistan when the U.S. throws in the towel and they run for the borders! And while we empty bribes with the truckload in the “black hole” of Afghanistan, Americans are in the 3rd year of poverty, $ trillions lost in their real estate equity, high unemployment, and a nearly empty U.S. Treasury!

    God bless our Plato-styled democracy , in which the CIA ‘s “Philosopher King in Afghanistan is Hamid Karzai!.“ But Platos’s best form of government was that of a philosopher king ruler – not a parliament, nor a fraudulently elected government whose officials owned their allegiance to an occupying power for a stack of cash! Hamid Karzai has one philosophy for himself and his cronies: “Get rich as fast as you can, and get ready to bail out of Afghanistan as soon as the U.S. politicians realize that fighting for Al Qaeda’s revenge in the “The Graveyard of the Empires” was a terrible miscalculation! After all, Confucius said that 2.500 years ago: “When you embark on a journey of revenge, dig “two graves!” Nikos Retsos, retired professor

  2. majii on August 28th, 2010 4:31 pm

    Thanks, Nikos,

    In a recent news broadcast, it was also revealed that daily flights take off from Kabul on which millions of dollars in U.S. currency is flown out of the country to other countries. This is money that is supposed to be used to aid the citizens of Afghanistan and encourage them to be less dependent on the insurgents for their existence.

    This type of corruption by the officials of the Karzai government undermines U.S. efforts to stabilize the entire region. The CIA has always done things that eventually bring grief to our nation in one form or another. Not many Americans know that Iran is the nation it is today because the CIA undermined a legally established democracy in the country in the 1950s in order to protect BP’s oil interests in Iran. We also propped up the Shah’s corrupt government.

    More Americans need to learn our nation’s history to understand why our relationships with other nations are the way they are today. Many Americans hate Iran, but have no idea why the Iranian government has good reason to mistrust our government’s motives.

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