The “ghost money” was intended to buy the CIA influence, Reuters reported, citing a New York Times investigation. Instead, the money furthered corruption and warlords and ultimately conflicted with America’s official strategy in Afghanistan, Reuters said.
“The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan was the United States,” one American official in the report said.
CIA and State Department officials didn’t comment.
It’s not clear if Mr. Karzai personally received the money. Afghan officials said in the report that the money was funneled through the National Security Office.
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