(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants the CIA to keep showing him the money.
Earlier last week, it was revealed that the agency has been providing Karzai’s government with “bags of cash” over the past decade to be used in various fashions, including buying support from tribal lords.
Critics contend that the money, estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars, was essentially a slush fund.
Karzai spoke about it in Kabul on Saturday, contending the CIA payments amounted to “a government institution helping another government institution, and we appreciate all this assistance and help.”
Some of that money, he said, went to Afghanistan’s own spy agency.
Meanwhile, Karzai asked the CIA’s local station chief to keep the money coming, “because we really need it. We want to continue this sort of assistance, and he promised that they are not going to cut this money.”
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Arwa Damon, Waffa Munayyer and Bryony Jones, CNN
Evan McKirdy, Tim Hume and James Masters, CNN
Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
Arthur Brice, CNN