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Article

25 Nov 2021

Author:
Alan Suderman, Associated Press

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

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...Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the 2022 World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. It’s part of a trend of former U.S. intelligence officers going to work for foreign governments with questionable human rights records that is worrying officials in Washington and prompting calls from some members of Congress for greater scrutiny of an opaque and lucrative market. The World Cup is the planet’s most popular sports tournament. It’s also a chance for Qatar, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, to have a coming-out party on the world stage...

Qatari government officials did not respond to requests for comment. FIFA also declined to comment.