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SIGAR Pressured by the State Department to Redact Afghanistan Reports

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said Friday that after Kabul fell to the Taliban, he was pressured by the State Department to redact information from SIGAR reports. Since 2008, SIGAR has documented the corruption and waste involved in Washington’s failed nation-building project in Afghanistan.

SIGAR chief John Sopko told the annual Military Reporters & Editors Association Conference that the State Department asked him to “temporarily suspend access” to all “audit, inspection, and financial audit … reports” from the SIGAR website. The Department claimed it wanted the information removed to protect Afghan allies of the US, but Sopko said he never got an explanation of how reports that have been on the internet for years could put anyone in danger.

“But despite repeated requests, State was never able to describe any specific threats to individuals that were supposedly contained in our reports, nor did State ever explain how removing our reports now could possibly protect anyone since many were years old and already extensively disseminated worldwide,” he said.

Sopko said he complied with the State Department’s request since it was made during the height of the withdrawal, but now the audits and financial reports are again available online. But after the initial request, the State Department wanted more information to be removed.