The front page main headline of today’s New York Times reads “C.I.A. Cash Ended Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda” as if it was a surprise. Does the Times not recall that it was the CIA that created Al Qaeda in the first place? Here’s the “shocking” story:
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In the spring of 2010, Afghan officials struck a deal to free an Afghan diplomat held hostage by Al Qaeda. But the price was steep — $5 million — and senior security officials were scrambling to come up with the money.
They first turned to a secret fund that the Central Intelligence Agency bankrolled with monthly cash deliveries to the presidential palace in Kabul, according to several Afghan officials involved in the episode. The Afghan government, they said, had already squirreled away about $1 million from that fund.
Within weeks, that money and $4 million more provided from other countries was handed over to Al Qaeda, replenishing its coffers after a relentless C.I.A.