Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll

The funny thing is the 'is said to be.' A way of avoiding legal issues. What the article says is that the CIA tried to buy this election and, because of 21st Century technology, it didn't happen. In the way it happened, say, in Latin America in the 50s. Stuffing the ballot box just ain't what it used to be.

A few howlers from the piece.

A C.I.A. spokesman declined to comment for this article.

“No intelligence organization worth the name would ever entertain these kind of allegations,” said Paul Gimigliano, the spokesman.

Some American officials said that the allegations of Mr. Karzai’s role in the drug trade were not conclusive.

“There’s no proof of Ahmed Wali Karzai’s involvement in drug trafficking, certainly nothing that would stand up in court,” said one American official familiar with the intelligence."

Two examples of damning with faint praise.


13 Stoploss said...

If you're into this CIA kind of thing, you may be interested in reading "Killing Hope" by William Blum, and "Whiteout" by Alexander Cockburn. "The Secret Histories" by John Friedman is also pretty decent.

Robot Boy said...

I love Cockburn but haven't read that book. I'd read all of those if I was writing about it. The funny thing for me is how the NYTimes structures the article to avoid libel suits or government accusations.