Coverage of classified State Department documents exposed by WikiLeaks focused on misappropriated military aid sent by the U.S. to Pakistan. "In December  2007 US diplomats reported multiple instances where 'funds have been diverted and reimbursed claims figures have been seriously inflated.' Despite $55m for helicopter maintenance, sometimes only two Cobra helicopter gunships were ready to fly. Although $335m had been given for medical care and a fleet of 26 helicopters, the frontier corps still had no medical rescue service. The army claimed $70m for radar maintenance even though the Taliban have no air attack capability, and a 'highly suspect' $26m for barbed wire. When the CSF [coalition support funds] payments slowed in January  2009 [Pakistani General Ashfaq] Kayani spoke candidly about the matter with [Commander of Multi-National Forces in Iraq] General David Petraeus, a cable reported. Most of the military funds had been diverted to the federal government, he said."
– Declan Walsh, “Coverage of Classified State Department Documents Exposed by WikiLeaks Focused on Misappropriated Military Aid Sent by the U.S. to Pakistan,” The Guardian, April 19, 2007,
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