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'Spy report' behind claims Hamid Karzai smokes dope

 
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'Spy report' behind claims Hamid Karzai smokes dope
Published Date: 08 April 2010
By Jerome Starkey
CLAIMS by a former US ambassador that Hamid Karzai has a drug habit are based on a classified report about life in the presidential palace, western officials have told The Scotsman.
In it, sources close to president Karzai, allege he gets high in a presidential toilet.

Peter Galbraith, the former deputy head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, told US television this week that Mr Karzai has "a certain fondness for
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some of Afghanistan's most profitable exports".

Although Mr Karzai's war-ravaged country is perhaps better known for its opium harvest much of which is converted into heroin before it is exported The Scotsman understands Mr Galbraith's remarks were a reference to marijuana. A UN report published last month ranked Afghanistan as the world's largest producer of the drug.

Asked to corroborate his claim, Mr Galbraith said only: "There are reports to that effect, but whatever the cause is, the reality is he can be very emotional."

Two officials who have seen the report said it detailed the president's likes, his dislikes, who he trusts within his inner circle, and how he relaxes. He usually starts his day with one-on-one meetings, they said. He dreads the weekly cabinet meetings and loves the pomp and ceremony of state visits.

The document which amounts to old-fashioned espionage was compiled by western analysts at the personal instigation of Mr Galbraith during his brief tenure in the Afghani capital Kabul, the officials said.

"He smokes twice a day," said one of the officials who had seen the document. Sometimes, he said, the president smokes first thing in the morning, other days he has a joint after lunch in a bathroom adjoining his office. Invariably he also smokes a joint in the evenings, while strolling in the palace grounds, the official said.

The report also named an aide who rolled the president's joints and supplied the palace with pot.

Although the allegations are unlikely to cause much of a stir in Afghanistan, where smoking marijuana is, for many people, as commonplace as having a drink after work it will raise further questions about Mr Karzai's state of mind, just days after a series of vitriolic outbursts against his western paymasters.

Mr Galbraith, a former US ambassador to Croatia, also said: "He's prone to tirades, he can be very emotional, act impulsively."

The remarks about his temperament are unlikely to surprise diplomats in Kabul. Although Mr Karzai has a reputation for being fiercely loyal, both to his brothers who helped raise him, and to the American bodyguards who once saved his life, he is also notoriously highly strung.

Tight security and paranoia about his safety have made trips outside the Arg Palace increasingly rare. His detractors call him the Mayor of Kabul.

He has survived at least three assassination attempts. The most recent in 2008, when gunmen opened fire on a victory day parade. Visitors are barely allowed to keep their pens on them when they meet him.

He wept in public, appealing to Nato forces to stop killing Afghan civilians. He also cries a lot in private, sources told The Scotsman.


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Re: 'Spy report' behind claims Hamid Karzai smokes dope
Published Date: 08 April 2010
By Jerome Starkey
CLAIMS by a former US ambassador that Hamid Karzai has a drug habit are based on a classified report about life in the presidential palace, western officials have told The Scotsman.
In it, sources close to president Karzai, allege he gets high in a presidential toilet.

Peter Galbraith, the former deputy head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, told US television this week that Mr Karzai has "a certain fondness for
ADVERTISEMENT
some of Afghanistan's most profitable exports".

Although Mr Karzai's war-ravaged country is perhaps better known for its opium harvest much of which is converted into heroin before it is exported The Scotsman understands Mr Galbraith's remarks were a reference to marijuana. A UN report published last month ranked Afghanistan as the world's largest producer of the drug.

Asked to corroborate his claim, Mr Galbraith said only: "There are reports to that effect, but whatever the cause is, the reality is he can be very emotional."

Two officials who have seen the report said it detailed the president's likes, his dislikes, who he trusts within his inner circle, and how he relaxes. He usually starts his day with one-on-one meetings, they said. He dreads the weekly cabinet meetings and loves the pomp and ceremony of state visits.

The document which amounts to old-fashioned espionage was compiled by western analysts at the personal instigation of Mr Galbraith during his brief tenure in the Afghani capital Kabul, the officials said.

"He smokes twice a day," said one of the officials who had seen the document. Sometimes, he said, the president smokes first thing in the morning, other days he has a joint after lunch in a bathroom adjoining his office. Invariably he also smokes a joint in the evenings, while strolling in the palace grounds, the official said.

The report also named an aide who rolled the president's joints and supplied the palace with pot.

Although the allegations are unlikely to cause much of a stir in Afghanistan, where smoking marijuana is, for many people, as commonplace as having a drink after work it will raise further questions about Mr Karzai's state of mind, just days after a series of vitriolic outbursts against his western paymasters.

Mr Galbraith, a former US ambassador to Croatia, also said: "He's prone to tirades, he can be very emotional, act impulsively."

The remarks about his temperament are unlikely to surprise diplomats in Kabul. Although Mr Karzai has a reputation for being fiercely loyal, both to his brothers who helped raise him, and to the American bodyguards who once saved his life, he is also notoriously highly strung.
Tight security and paranoia about his safety have made trips outside the Arg Palace increasingly rare. His detractors call him the Mayor of Kabul.

He has survived at least three assassination attempts. The most recent in 2008, when gunmen opened fire on a victory day parade. Visitors are barely allowed to keep their pens on them when they meet him.

He wept in public, appealing to Nato forces to stop killing Afghan civilians. He also cries a lot in private, sources told The Scotsman.


[link to thescotsman.scotsman.com]
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Well, they certainly made him an offer that he couldn't refuse.

Now he knows he's liable to end up more highly strung than Mussolini. In his shoes I'd shed a few tears, too. abduct
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Could be, Hashish is the traditional drug of choice in Muslim lands, because alcohol is forbidden.
BTW the word Assassin is derived from Hashish.
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Afghan hash, best in the world. I'd smoke it if i lived there.
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Re: 'Spy report' behind claims Hamid Karzai smokes dope
Published Date: 08 April 2010
By Jerome Starkey
CLAIMS by a former US ambassador that Hamid Karzai has a drug habit are based on a classified report about life in the presidential palace, western officials have told The Scotsman.
In it, sources close to president Karzai, allege he gets high in a presidential toilet.

Peter Galbraith, the former deputy head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, told US television this week that Mr Karzai has "a certain fondness for
ADVERTISEMENT
some of Afghanistan's most profitable exports".

Although Mr Karzai's war-ravaged country is perhaps better known for its opium harvest much of which is converted into heroin before it is exported The Scotsman understands Mr Galbraith's remarks were a reference to marijuana. A UN report published last month ranked Afghanistan as the world's largest producer of the drug.

Asked to corroborate his claim, Mr Galbraith said only: "There are reports to that effect, but whatever the cause is, the reality is he can be very emotional."

Two officials who have seen the report said it detailed the president's likes, his dislikes, who he trusts within his inner circle, and how he relaxes. He usually starts his day with one-on-one meetings, they said. He dreads the weekly cabinet meetings and loves the pomp and ceremony of state visits.

The document which amounts to old-fashioned espionage was compiled by western analysts at the personal instigation of Mr Galbraith during his brief tenure in the Afghani capital Kabul, the officials said.

"He smokes twice a day," said one of the officials who had seen the document. Sometimes, he said, the president smokes first thing in the morning, other days he has a joint after lunch in a bathroom adjoining his office. Invariably he also smokes a joint in the evenings, while strolling in the palace grounds, the official said.

The report also named an aide who rolled the president's joints and supplied the palace with pot.

Although the allegations are unlikely to cause much of a stir in Afghanistan, where smoking marijuana is, for many people, as commonplace as having a drink after work it will raise further questions about Mr Karzai's state of mind, just days after a series of vitriolic outbursts against his western paymasters.

Mr Galbraith, a former US ambassador to Croatia, also said: "He's prone to tirades, he can be very emotional, act impulsively."

The remarks about his temperament are unlikely to surprise diplomats in Kabul. Although Mr Karzai has a reputation for being fiercely loyal, both to his brothers who helped raise him, and to the American bodyguards who once saved his life, he is also notoriously highly strung.
Tight security and paranoia about his safety have made trips outside the Arg Palace increasingly rare. His detractors call him the Mayor of Kabul.

He has survived at least three assassination attempts. The most recent in 2008, when gunmen opened fire on a victory day parade. Visitors are barely allowed to keep their pens on them when they meet him.

He wept in public, appealing to Nato forces to stop killing Afghan civilians. He also cries a lot in private, sources told The Scotsman.


[link to thescotsman.scotsman.com]
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Well, they certainly made him an offer that he couldn't refuse.

Now he knows he's liable to end up more highly strung than Mussolini. In his shoes I'd shed a few tears, too. abduct
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It almost sounds like they are setting him up for removal/replacement.
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Re: 'Spy report' behind claims Hamid Karzai smokes dope
dont blame the poor basterd.. must be one of the hardest jobs in the world.





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