Unocal connection. Is it true? BBB
There's been much debate over Karzai's alleged consultant work with Unocal (Union Oil Company of California since acquired by Chevron in 2005). In 2002, when Karzai became the subject of heavy media coverage as one of the front runners to lead Afghanistan, it was reported that he was a former consultant for them. Spokesmen for both Unocal and Karzai have denied any such relationship, although Unocal could not speak for all companies involved in the consortium.
The original claim that Karzai worked for Unocal originates from a 6 December 2001 issue of the French newspaper Le Monde, Barry Lane UNOCAL's manager for public relations states that, "He was never a consultant, never an employee. We've exhaustively searched through all our records." Lane however did say that Zalmay Khalilzad, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, was a Unocal consultant in the mid-1990s.
Ilene R. Prusher, Scott Baldauf, and Edward Girardet (10 June 2002 edition). "Afghan power brokers". The Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. "...Karzai is a former employee of US oil company Unocal ... bidding for the lucrative contract to build an oil pipeline from Uzbekistan through Afghanistan"
Marc Erikson (2009). "Mr Karzai goes to Washington". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 12 September 2009. "And one further thing both men have in common is that in 1996/97 they advised American oil company Unocal on the US$2 billion project of a Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan pipeline."
Tom Turnipseed (10 January 2002). "A Creeping Collapse in Credibility at the White House:". counterpunch. Retrieved 11 December 2007. "As reported in Le Monde, the new Afghan government's head, Hamid Karzai, formerly served as a UNOCAL consultant"
"Hamid Karzai". globalsecurity. 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. "The claim appears to have originated in the 9 December 2001 issue of the French newspaper Le Monde. Some have suggested that Karzai was confused with U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad."
Jared Israel interviewing Barry Lane (9 July 2002). "Emperor's clothes interviews Unocal Oil". Emperor's Clothes. Retrieved 12 September 2009. "Jared Israel: The other thing that is being asserted everywhere is that Hamid Karzai, the current head of the Afghan 'government' once worked for you.
Barry Lane: Yeah. Yeah, well that's probably one of the great urban legends. He never worked for us.
Jared Israel: He didn't work for somebody else who worked for you?
Barry Lane: No. No, not him. He was never a consultant, never an employee. We've exhaustively searched through all our records to try and find out where the hell that came from."
"Misinformation". USA.gov. United States Department of State. 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009. "all the company's records made it clear that Mr. Karzai was "never a consultant, never an employee" of Unocal."