Matt Welch posted this morning a New York Times report that the CIA has been secretly giving bags of money – sometimes literal, actual bags full of cash – to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. In a statement, Karzai admits to getting the money, but insists it’s not what it looks like. The BBC reports:
The president said the money was for projects such as helping the sick.
"It was used for different purposes: operational, assistance to injured people, rental costs and other goals. This was efficient assistance and we appreciate it," he said in a statement.
He added that the money had been delivered to Afghanistan's National Security Council, which is part of the president's office, during the last 10 years.
See, it’s all legitimate!
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