WikiLeaks Reveals American Contractors’ Involvement In Afghan Pedophile Ring

WikiLeaks' reveals that DynCorp, a government contractor, provided drugs and child sex slaves to Afghan police--and the State Department helped cover it up.

This is horrific.

Many of DynCorp’s employees are ex-Green Berets and veterans of other elite units, and the company was commissioned by the US government to provide training for the Afghani police. According to most reports, over 95 percent of its $2 billion annual revenue comes from US taxpayers.

And in Kunduz province, according to the leaked cable, that money was flowing to drug dealers and pimps. Pimps of children, to be more precise. (The exact type of drug was never specified.)

Since this is Afghanistan, you probably already knew this wasn’t a kegger. Instead, this DynCorp soiree was a bacha bazi (“boy-play”) party, much like the ones uncovered earlier this year by Frontline.

For those that can’t or won’t click the link, bacha bazi is a pre-Islamic Afghan tradition that was banned by the Taliban. Bacha boys are eight- to15-years-old. They put on make-up, tie bells to their feet and slip into scanty women’s clothing, and then, to the whine of a harmonium and wailing vocals, they dance seductively to smoky roomfuls of leering older men.

After the show is over, their services are auctioned off to the highest bidder, who will sometimes purchase a boy outright. And by services, we mean anal sex: The State Department has called bacha bazi a “widespread, culturally accepted form of male rape.” (While it may be culturally accepted, it violates both Sharia law and Afghan civil code.)

After this incident occurred, a horrified Afghan minister went to the U.S. State Department — to keep reporters from finding out.

But according to the leaked document, Atmar, the Afghani interior minister, was terrified this story would catch a reporter’s ear.

He urged the US State Department to shut down a reporter he heard was snooping around, and was horrified that a rumored videotape of the party might surface. He predicted that any story about the party would “endanger lives.” He said that his government had arrested two Afghan police and nine Afghan civilians on charges of “purchasing a service from a child” in connection with the party, but that he was worried about the image of their “foreign mentors,” by which he apparently meant DynCorp. American diplomats told him to chill. They apparently had a better handle on our media than Atmar, because when a report of the party finally did emerge, it was neutered to the point of near-falsehood.

You can read the cable here. More at The Guardian here.

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  1. Al says:

    To borrow a line from tjic:


  2. michael reynolds says:

    People need to go to prison for this. And I don’t mean some low-level scapegoat — this is not new for DynCorp, they had similar accusations against them from Bosnia.

    If corporations are “persons” when it come to free speech they should be persons for criminal prosecution. Cancel their contracts, shut them down, delist their stock if any and prosecute their officers.


  3. MstrB says:


    The treatment should be extended members of the State Department who slid it under the rug when they were notified of what was going on.

  4. ponce says:

    I believe our heroic contractors are immune from any form of prosecution.

  5. Dwight says:

    It is my understanding that the knowledge of instances like this is what prompted Manning to leak the stuff to Wikileaks. There is a huge lack of accountability going on, almost a rampant epidemic. I think most people can agree back room deals and such are a necessary evil, like lying to the Nazis that Anne Frank is in the attic. However the level of abuse that goes on is appalling and shocking. Until the US government does something to address this, and hold those accountable there will always come along a Manning or Ellsberg. Wikileaks is not the problem, it is the symptom and shutting it down is not the cure.

  6. george says:


    The treatment should be extended members of the State Department who slid it under the rug when they were notified of what was going on.”


  7. Ben says:

    I’d be interested to hear what James has to say on this revelation. He has been the most outspoken critic of Wikileaks on this site. But I would hope that bringing monstrous information like this to light should be acceptable to him.

  8. Steve Plunk says:

    This is a clear example of the good that Wikileaks can do. Expose these awful deeds and let the public know what’s going on. The problem is Wikileaks also did some real damage in other areas. Must they ‘dump’ information in such a haphazard manner? By doing a little bit of work they could come out looking like heroes rather then the irresponsible malcontents they seem now.

  9. Alex Knapp says:
  10. Contracts says:

    ponce –


  11. Raga says:

    Let there be no doubt of the hurt that will result from sexual predation on children and young people. One night on the world service I heard women from Bosnia telling us of the long term consequences of sexual violation, they said the effects actually got stronger with time.
    I think it is much harder for men to speak out in the way those women did and they are likely to find their lives falling into chaos and the madness of denial. There will be consequences, the humiliation will grow within and the cycle of abuse will deepen.
    I know this from my own life experience and the many people I have met

  12. nasty says:

    I think I might vomit. This is disgusting. I am infuriated that the US government covered this up. However, I am not the least bit surprised that they did that as they have no morals and are extremely corrupt.