This is priceless. I say this guy has a future in Vegas!
For months, NATO helicopters ferried a man believed to be one of the Taliban's most senior commanders back and forth from Pakistan to Kabul for secret talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
The bearded, turbaned man identified himself as Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour and engaged in high-level secret talks with Karzai and his aides on at least three occasions, showing keen insight into Afghanistan's politics. His willingness to negotiate on behalf of the reclusive, dangerous Taliban was heralded by everyone from Karzai to Gen. David Petraeus as one of the most hopeful signs that peace could finally come to Afghanistan.
But they were all duped, apparently.
In a bizarre twist straight out of a spy novel, it appears the man everyone thought was Mansour was actually an impostor -- a lowly shopkeeper from the Pakistani city of Quetta. The revelation has dashed hopes for fruitful peace talks, flooded NATO and Afghan officials with embarrassment and reeled everyone back to square one.