08/25/2010 10:08 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mohammed Zia Salehi, Top Karzai Aide, Appears To Have Been On CIA Payroll For Years

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to Afghan and American officials.

Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration for the National Security Council, appears to have been on the payroll for many years, according to officials in Kabul and Washington. It is unclear exactly what Mr. Salehi does in exchange for his money, whether providing information to the spy agency, advancing American views inside the presidential palace, or both.

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