POLITICO: Watchdog Says Government Has Tried To Silence Him on AfghanistanSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:40
POLITICO: Watchdog Says Government Has Tried To Silence Him on Afghanistan
By STEPHANIE GASKELL | 5/8/13 | 9:17 PM EDT
The watchdog who tracks the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to rebuild Afghanistan says government officials have tried to silence him because they think he's embarrassing the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai by pointing out the waste and fraud.
John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, used a speech at the New America Foundation on Wednesday to blast government “bureaucrats”' who have told him to stop publicizing damning audits that detail case after case of waste, corruption and mismanagement of rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan. Some government officials have even complained that they aren't allowed to pre-screen or edit his reports, he said.