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World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

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World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

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WASHINGTON (AP):

A former CIA officer has spied on top soccer officials for years while working for Qatar, the tiny Arab country hosting next year’s World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.

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Qatar sought an edge in securing hosting rights from rivals like the United States and Australia by hiring former CIA officer turned private contractor Kevin Chalker to spy on other bid teams and key soccer officials who picked the winner in 2010, the AP’s investigation found.

Chalker also worked for Qatar in the years that followed to keep tabs on Qatar‘s critics in the soccer world, according to interviews with Chalker‘s former associates as well as contracts, invoices, emails and a review of business documents.

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It is part of a trend of former United States intelligence officers going to work for foreign governments with questionable human rights records that is worrying officials in Washington.

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