LONDONG (Agencies) Former spymaster Lt-Gen (r) Hameed Gul has hit back at allegations he supported the Taliban, saying the US orchestrated a mass leak of confidential files in a bid to scapegoat him for its failures in Afghanistan. The claim by Gen Gul is unlikely to gain much traction in Washington, where the publication of almost 90,000 classified reports by WikiLeaks, a website, has renewed debate over its Afghan strategy. But Guls allegations that a hidden US government hand played a role in the huge breach of classified files may resonate in Pakistan, where anti-American sentiment runs high and conspiracy theories feed mainstream discourse. I am a very favourite whipping boy of America. They cant imagine the Afghans can win wars on their own, Gul told The Financial Times. It would be an abiding shame that a 74-year-old general living a retired life manipulating the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan results in the defeat of America, he joked. What are they going to do to the history books for their own posterity? Gul branded the reports as pure fiction, saying his main occupation in retirement was spending time with his grandchildren and pursuing his horticultural hobby of refining mango and peach species. Gul said the US had lost the war in Afghanistan, and that the leak of the documents would help the Obama Administration deflect blame by suggesting that Pakistan was responsible. A lot of bloodshed, a lot of turbulence, a lot of turmoil is in store if the American policy continues in this way, he said. You cant snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Guls name appears in about 10 of roughly 180 classified US files that allege Pakistans intelligence service supported Afghan Taliban fighting Nato forces. Pakistani analysts have cast doubt on the reports, saying they reflect misinformation fed to the US by Afghanistans intelligence service, which has a long history of hostility towards Pakistan. Pakistani officials advance a counter-narrative that says their country will bear the brunt if the US fails to stabilise Afghanistan. The announcement that American troops will start to leave next July has fuelled concerns in Pakistan that a rapid US withdrawal will sow further turmoil in its neighbour.