Afghan gov't denounces U.S. media report of Afghan officials on CIA payroll

09:59, August 29, 2010      

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Afghan government on Saturday termed the U.S. media reports that some officials are on the payroll of United States intelligence agency CIA as baseless and denounced it.

"Afghanistan believes that such baseless propaganda would not strengthen the alliance on terror, rather would have negative impact in this field," a statement released by Presidential Palace said.

New York Times and the Washington Post, according to the statement, had reported recently that half of Afghan officials particularly in the Presidential Palace are on the payroll of CIA.

"We strongly condemn such allegations which defame the responsible persons of this country," the statement further said.

Relations between Afghan government and U.S. has been strained since President Hamid Karzai ordered over 50 private security companies, with majority of them Americans or hired by Americans, to cease operation in Afghanistan within the next four months.

U.S. officials have been criticizing President Hamid Karzai's government over the alleged administrative corruption in Afghan government while Kabul says that foreign companies are involved in major corruption.

Source: Xinhua


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