(Washington Times) A watchdog in charge of tracking how taxpayer dollars are spent in Afghanistan accused the U.S. government of trying to keep him quiet so that the White House isn’t embarrassed by waste and fraud reports.

John Sopko, the special inspector general for reconstruction in Afghanistan, also said the government has warned him that pointing out the wasteful ways in which the U.S. has spent billions of dollars could prove a public relations nightmare for President Hamid Karzai, too, Politico reported. He made the comments at the New America Foundation on Wednesday, and detailed how “bureaucrats” have demanded he stop with the reports.

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