White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to comment Monday on a New York Times report that the CIA has regularly delivered bags of cash for more than a decade to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office in an attempt to buy influence.
“I have no information on that report and I would refer you to the CIA for any questions on it,” Carney said.
“I can tell you that, as we have said many times, we and our Afghan partners remain committed to our shared strategy and goals of a fully sovereign Afghanistan that is not a safe haven for Al Qaeda and that is responsible for its own security. That’s why the president’s put in place a policy where after plussing up forces there… and training Afghan national security forces, we are now drawing down American forces, keeping the president’s commitment to do so as we transfer security lead over to the Afghans.”
The Times reported that the cash, sometimes in stuffed suitcases, backpacks or even plastic shopping bags, may have fueled corruption instead of buying influence.
Carney also declined to comment on that or whether the president knew about the payments.
“Again you’re making an assertion about something I have no comment on,” he told a reporter who asked about Obama’s knowledge and whether the United States got what it paid for. “Again I don’t have any specific comment on this.”
Sources by: politico News