Skip to comments.Watchdog says government has tried to silence him on Afghanistan
Posted on 05/09/2013 1:44:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The watchdog who tracks the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to rebuild Afghanistan says government officials have tried to silence him because they think he's embarrassing the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai by pointing out the waste and fraud.
John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, used a speech at the New America Foundation on Wednesday to blast government bureaucrats' who have told him to stop publicizing damning audits that detail case after case of waste, corruption and mismanagement of rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan. Some government officials have even complained that they aren't allowed to pre-screen or edit his reports, he said.
Since my appointment by the president last summer, I have been surprised to learn how many people both in and out of the government do not understand the role of an independent inspector general, Sopko said.
The Pentagon did not address Sopkos remarks about pre-screening, but it endorsed his role keeping watch over the Afghanistan effort.
We value inputs from independent oversight, including from inspectors-general, who play a key role in advancing the missions of the Department of Defense, said press secretary George Little.
Even so, Sopko slammed the government for what he called a hostile attitude toward his work.
Over the last 10 months, I have been criticized by some bureaucrats for not pre-clearing my press releases with them, for not letting them edit the titles of my audits, for talking too much to Congress, for talking too much to the press
and, basically, for not being a 'team player' and undermining 'our countrys mission in Afghanistan,' he said.
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, basically, for not being a ‘team player’ and undermining ‘our countrys mission in Afghanistan,’ he said
We have a Mission in Afghanistan? Who knew........... I thought we were just providing American targets for muslims to kill..
Is the dam about to break on whistle blowers across the board?
HOORAY John Sopko!