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Afghan Farmer Uses Digital Recorder To Help DEA Convict Taliban Member in U.S. Court

It’s a story of high tech meets low tech in a far off land. The story ended well for the DEA.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The Afghan farmer didn’t even know how to work the recording device tucked in his vest pocket when he approached a member of the Taliban who was plotting to launch a rocket attack on a U.S. air base. But if he was nervous about helping the Americans, the farmer didn’t show it.
“What is the target?” he asked as the two men stood in a field on the outskirts of their Afghan village, according to transcripts of the recordings. “Do they want to shoot the foreigners or the local people?”
“The Americans are infidels, and Jihad is allowed against them,” replied Khan Mohammed, the Taliban associate. “If we have to fire toward the airport, we will do it, and if not the airport, wherever else they are stationed.”
The farmer, who was working for U.S. federal agents stationed in Afghanistan, secretly recorded Mohammed more than 10 times using a digital audio device and a tiny video camera shielded in his traditional vest.
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