Karzai’s brother on CIA payroll

karzaiIn an diplomatic bombshell, the New York Times reports that Afghan President Karzai’s brother – long a suspect in that nation’s opium trade – is on the CIA’s payroll and has been for years.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, who came to know the future president in the ’80s when Mills ran BU’s Afghan Media Project, says this explains why there was no “hard evidence” for Karzai to remove his brother from power.

“The hard evidence is all in the CIA’s possession — and obviously Karzai knew it, which further erodes his legitimacy as president.”

Contact Nick Mills, 617-353-3492, nmills@bu.edu

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