ImpostorWatch: ‘Taliban Leader in Peace Talks Was an Impostor’ (updated thrice)

“It’s not him,” said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions. “And we gave him a lot of money.”
Blather’s ImpostorWatch service found the story in the New York Times, 22 November 2010.
Update: Mr Reliable, Hamid ‘forged a million votes’ Karzai, is quoted in Haaretz as saying the whole thing never happened. Yeah right.
Update: Karzai’s chief of staff isn’t denying it happened, and he blames the British for it. “Sometimes Nato doesn’t know one bearded, turbanned Taleban leader from another” says MI6.
Update: US general McChrystal approved peace talks with fake Taliban leader – American Nato commander asked MI6 to develop contacts – News contradicts Hamid Karzai’s attempt to put blame on UK – Guardian 26 November 2010.

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