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Buried on Page A13 of Today's Wall Street Journal

I only happened to spy it because I'm packing, and happened to be wrapping a vase in page A13. After seeing it, I wanted to come share it.

Karzai Confirms Accepting CIA Cash Monthly for 10 Years

By JUHANA ROSSI in Helsinki and YAROSLAV TROFIMOV in Kabul | Wall Street Journal

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday acknowledged that his office has been receiving money from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency over the past 10 years, dismissing the monthly cash payments as a "small amount."

Mr. Karzai addressed the issue after the New York Times reported on Sunday that the CIA has made tens of millions of dollars in secret payments, often cash packed in shopping bags, as it sought to maintain influence over Afghanistan's mercurial leader.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, here in Brussels last week, Monday confirmed that his government has been receiving CIA money for a decade, but dismissed it as a 'small amount.'

"Yes, the office of the national security has been receiving support from the United States for the past 10 years," Mr. Karzai told reporters at a news briefing in Helsinki, Finland, responding to a question about whether he has received CIA cash. "Monthly. Not a big amount. A small amount which has been used for various purposes."

The CIA declined to comment on the matter.


Search for it through Google if you hit a paywall with the above link. You can usually get around the paywall if you come in through G.

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Good thing it was only a "small amount" - just a few tens of millions.

/end sarcasm.

Ok - back to packing.

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"...just a few tens of millions."

As I understand it, it was "a few tens of millions" per month.


where are you going? I know you are moving. Where? Out of Boston, State, or Country?

His brother was killed early on, during the invasion.

He was a trucker in the USA, and a Springsteen Fan IIRC the story I heard. FWIW

Free includes debt-free!

Karzai said this in 2008

But here’s Karzai, letting everyone in on the plan during a joint December 2008 press conference in Kabul with then-President George W. Bush.

Karzai had been asked by Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times whether he hoped for a withdrawal timetable—a date certain when American troops would be gone.

Afghanistan won't let the "international community" leave "before we are fully on our feet, before we are strong enough to defend our country, before we are powerful enough to have a good economy, and before we have taken from President Bush and the next administration billions and billions of more dollars,” Karzai said. The transcript records “(laughter),” but it was more awkward and disbelieving than appreciative. “No way that they can let you go,” Karzai added.

The WSJ would not let me read the article as I am not a subscriber.

Afghan Leader Confirms Cash Deliveries by CIA

Afghan Leader Confirms Cash Deliveries by CIA

Published: April 29, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai acknowledged Monday that the Central Intelligence Agency has been dropping off bags of cash at his office for a decade, saying the money was used for “various purposes” and expressing gratitude to the United States for making the payments.

Mr. Karzai described the sums delivered by the C.I.A. as a “small amount,” though he offered few other details. But former and current advisers of the Afghan leader have said the C.I.A. cash deliveries have totaled tens of millions of dollars over the past decade and have been used to pay off warlords, lawmakers and others whose support the Afghan leader depends upon.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/30/world/asia/karzai-acknowle...

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Do a search on the title via google. For some reason, you can always sneak in behind the paywall through Google.

I can only hope that Mr. Hamid was forthcoming

and claimed all his earnings on his taxes. I hear those Afghani IRS auditors are real sticklers.