US-Taliban Talks Collapse
Taliban unhappy over media leaks
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2011 10:07 AM CDT
This undated photo reportedly shows the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – The US-Taliban talks have been cut off, thanks to media leaks. Western diplomats tell the Telegraph that confidentiality was a key condition of the talks, held in Germany and Qatar in March and April, but they were halted after just three meetings because details were leaked. Among other things, the identity of chief Taliban negotiator Tayeb Agha, a former private secretary of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, was published. Some are blaming "paranoid" Afghan government figures for the leaks.

Since his name was leaked, Agha has not been seen, nor have American officials been able to contact him. "The talks were a big deal, the real thing," says one source. "I hope people will learn the lesson on the importance of confidentiality in the early stages. People in the US are horrified about what has happened."

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Aug 14, 2011 12:43 AM CDT
Children with guns and mopeds... must be hilarious conversations?
Aug 11, 2011 6:10 PM CDT
Enough with the talking. Why negotiate with terrorists? Shoot the bastards every chance you get, stop letting them into the U.S., And Quit giving them our damn money!
Aug 11, 2011 4:50 PM CDT
Of course talks broke down---they are fundys. Trying to negotiate with the Taliban is like trying to negotiate with the tea party.