Afghan president condemns CIA payment reports

ByASSOCIATED PRESS
August 28, 2010 16:42




KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's presidential office on Saturday condemned U.S. media reports that Afghan government officials have received payments from the CIA in return for information.

A statement from the spokesman's office called the reports part of an attempt to divert attention from the greater priorities of fighting terrorism, preventing civilian casualties, and disbanding private security companies blamed for lawlessness and corruption.

"Afghanistan believes that making such allegations will not strengthen the alliance against terrorism and will not strengthen an Afghanistan based on the law and rules, but will have negative effects in those areas," the statement said.

"We strongly condemn such irresponsible allegations which just create doubt and defame responsible people of this country," it said.

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