Friday, December 31, 2004

Well, did the CIA fund Osama or not?

The American Charge' d'Affaires has written to the Guardian and denied that the CIA gave money directly to Osama bin Laden. So I write to the Guardian as follows:

Is it then not the case that in the 1980's, recruits, money and equipment were distributed to mujaheddin factions by an organization known as Maktab al Khidamar (Office of Services - MAK)?
And was MAK not a front for Pakistan's CIA, the Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate?
And was the ISI not the first recipient of the vast bulk of CIA and Saudi Arabian covert assistance for the Afghan contras?
And was Osama Bin Laden not one of three people who ran MAK, taking overall charge in 1989?

And while we are in question mode, is it not the case that agents who turn against the CIA are sufficiently common to be given the name of "Blowback"?

I sent these points in to the Grauniad, but no show. So I have written to the US Embassy with them. But if the charges above are true, the US Embassy should not get away with it. And the Grauniad will have been publishing misleading information (as if...). So - a case for a correction from the Reader's Editor?

Or is life too short?

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