Closed captioning of: WikiLeaks’ latest: Afghanistan a 'cesspool'
as we mentioned, as all of this plays out around the globe, the
keep tumbling out of wikileaks onto the web and newspaper front pages. the diplomatic cables revealed just today are all about
, a nation where the u.s. is in year nine of a costly war.
is depicted as a
of corruption and everything is for sale, and its leader,
, as unstable and erratic. our chief
has been going through this latest round of documents. with us again from the washington newsroom, andrea, good evening.
good evening, brian. we knew the
regime was bad, but these cables show just how corrupt u.s. officials believe it really is. according to one cable cited by "the new york times" tonight, after
's new cabinet took office last january, the
wrote home that the agriculture minister appears to be the only minister that was confirmed about whom no allegations of bribery exist. the
carl eikenberry wrote in july of
, it remains to be seen whether
will refrain from this blame america tactic he uses to deflect criticism of his administration. his inability to grasp the most rudimentary principles and his insecurity as a leader, combined to make any admission of fault unlikely. an august of
caught with 273 pounds of heroin in their vehicle. before the august election in
, $600 million was drawn out of afghan banks with hundreds of millions routinely flown out of the country. according to "the new york times," a cable quoted one afghan official explaining that there are four stages of which his colleagues skim money from u.s. development projects. when contractors bid on a project, at application for building permits, during construction, and at the
ribbon cutting ceremony
. this year, the
has noticeably pulled back from overt criticism of
, acknowledging the conflict as between pressuring
to clean up the pressure and trying not to alienate him any put as the u.s. hopes to begin withdrawing
next summer. brian?
in washington with the latest round of leaks. andrea, thanks.