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A NATO representative (SCR) meets with a half-brother (AWK) of the president of Afghanistan.
FROM: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
TO: STATE DEPARTMENTSEE FULL CABLE
¶7. Unprompted, AWK raised allegations of his involvement in narcotics, telling the SCR that he is willing to take a polygraph anytime, anywhere to prove his innocence and that he has hired an attorney in New York to clear his name. He suggested that the coalition pay mullahs to preach against heroin, which would reduce demand for poppy cultivation. AWK dismissed the narcotics allegations as part of a campaign to discredit him, particularly by the media, saying the allegations are "like a spice added to a dish to make it more enticing to eat."
DATE: FEBRUARY 25, 2010 CLASSIFICATION: SECRET