An impostor posing as a leading Taliban negotiator held secret talks with Afghan officials, according to the New York Times.Nice work if you can get it.
The Afghans thought they were dealing with Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, a top Taliban commander.
But he was not Mullah Mansour and may not even have been a member of the Taliban, reports the newspaper.
He was paid "a lot of money", and then disappeared, according to diplomatic sources.
The man in question came from Pakistan - where it is thought the Taliban's leadership is based - and reportedly had three meetings with government officials...
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Setback for 'Peace' Talks in Afghanistan
The guy they thought was a big time Taliban mullah was actually a con man who, after a few chats, took the cash and bolted. From the Beeb: