Charlie Wilson, American Congressman

As an American Congressman he managed to funnel billions of dollars to the Afghans fighting against the Soviet Union in the biggest secret war in history.

His story - including some of the wilder antics of his private life fuelled by whisky and women - was made into a Hollywood movie starring Tom Hanks.

Charlie Wilson talked to Owen Bennett Jones back in 2006.

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Sun 13 Mar 2011 14:32 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

This programme was restored as part of the World Service archive project