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CIA Pays Multiple Afghan Government Figures, Former U.S. Officials Say

CIA Pays Multiple Afghan Government Figures, Former U.S. Officials Say

WASHINGTON — The CIA has multiple members of the Afghan government on its payroll in order to help it keep track of various factions within the Afghan government, according to former U.S. officials.

These individuals confirmed to The Associated Press reports that the agency has used payments to cultivate intelligence sources across the Afghan government, a practice that has raised concerns at a time when the U.S. is fighting corruption there.

The New York Times reported the agency is paying Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration for Afghanistan’s National Security Council, for information. The Washington Post also had the report.

Salehi is accused of accepting a car in exchange for his help in exerting pressure on Afghan officials to ease off in another corruption case.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/27/cia-afghanistan-government-payroll_n_697683.html

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