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Pakistan intelligence says US gunman is CIA

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, February 21, 2011 9:15 EDT
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ISLAMABAD (AFP) – A Pakistani intelligence official said Monday that an American in custody for killing two men was an undercover CIA contractor, in remarks likely to inflame a crisis with the United States.

Washington insists that Raymond Davis, who says he acted in self-defence, is a member of its Islamabad embassy’s “administrative and technical staff” who has diplomatic immunity and should be released immediately.

But the unpopular government in Pakistan is under huge pressure from the political opposition not to cave in to US demands, with analysts even warning that the case could bring down the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

“It is beyond any shadow of a doubt that he was working for CIA,” an official from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“He’s on contract. He’s not a regular CIA guy, but he’s working for CIA. That’s confirmed,” the Pakistani official said.

Pakistan’s powerful intelligence services and military have been angered by accusations that they support Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked networks fighting US troops in Afghanistan, and need to do more to eliminate Islamist militants.

Few in Pakistan believe Davis, who reportedly worked for a security contractor and had a background in US Special Forces, is a regular diplomat.

Police told AFP they recovered a Glock pistol, four loaded magazines, a GPS navigation system and a small telescope from his car, after the shooting on a busy street in the eastern city of Lahore on January 27.

A third Pakistani was struck down and killed by a US diplomatic vehicle that came to Davis’s assistance. US officials denied Pakistan access to the vehicle and the occupants are widely believed to have left the country.

Washington has postponed a round of talks with Afghanistan and Pakistan, but Islamabad has said the matter is before the courts, although one compromise would be for the families to pardon Davis, in keeping with Islamic law.

On Monday, a judge at Lahore’s top court ordered the government to appear on March 14 to respond to private petitions related to his incarceration, the law on diplomatic privileges and how Davis was allowed into the country.

The court last week deferred any judgement on whether Davis has diplomatic immunity and gave the foreign ministry until March 14 to determine his status.

US Senator John Kerry visited Pakistan last week to express regret and say Davis would face a criminal investigation at home, but hopes for a swift resolution now appear unlikely.

Local analysts suggested Pakistani intelligence had deliberately decided to complicate the case in order to put pressure on the government and the United States, with whom relations have been troubled over the war in Afghanistan.

“This would be seen as a kind of deliberate attempt to make the situation more difficult and complex to handle, and this provides additional material to the Islamic groups to adopt a hardline stance,” said analyst Hasan Askari.

“These (intelligence) groups are not happy with the way America was building pressure on Pakistan on the war on terrorism.

“If it goes to the street and massive agitation, all political parties will find it a good opportunity to knock the PPP out of power,” he said.

So sensitive is the case that Fauzia Wahab, spokeswoman for the ruling party, was forced to resign after saying that diplomats have immunity and that Davis had an “official” visa.

The PPP has also ditched former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a recent cabinet reshuffle.

Qureshi, who was still in his post at the time of the shootings, said last week that in his view Davis did not have full diplomatic immunity.

The Pakistani intelligence official said the Davis case had soured relations with the Central Intelligence Agency.

“Our relations with the CIA are now sort of pretty dicey. It has affected our relationship,” the official told AFP.

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  • Comrade

    In other news, Daniel Craig was spotted lurking on the scene.

  • Anonymous

    He was doing research on his “pass” life and was turning over a new leaf while writing a book.

  • Anonymous

    Do you think that the US would be willing to take on a war against a nuclear armed country? It makes me wonder to what end we think this farce of a war in Afghanistan will go on? We try to take collective bargaining rights away from public servants yet we are spending 2 billion a week in Whocaresistan. Are our priorities still strait as a nation? It’s time for people to take action and voice their opinions. Write your congress people and senators and call their offices if you don’t get responses. You may not be able to go march in the streets but the one thing politicians fear more than pissing people off is losing their next election.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    Pakistani intelligence, imagine that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    So obvious Davis is CIA the US looks ridiculous claiming otherwise. Giving Davis a trial in the US is a joke. Of course he’ll receive no punishment here. When was the last time a CIA agent was punished for ANYTHING? They torture and kill with impunity both here and abroad.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    “Based on interviews in the US and Pakistan, the Guardian can confirm that the 36-year-old former special forces soldier is employed by the CIA.”

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    US intelligence. Imagine that.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    “Of course he’ll receive no punishment here.”
    I have a feeling he is undergoing some ill treatment over there. After all, he is an unlawful enemy combatant and torture is on the table.
    Fair game.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/MGJUXQC7GQDN72AGBU4VCVPZKA likn

    Could this get anymore “Team America?” I mean, the US embassy vehicle ran over two people and killed another in addition to the two Davis killed! “America, F%^K yea, so kiss my butt and suck on my balls!”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2NPRPRYZC3RF424Y4G4NKPY3FM Anya O

    And stupid people still wonder why these people hate us so much. This isn’t exactly an isolated incident. This kind of things has been going on for decades. It’s only the Americans who actually think this is the stuff of movies.

  • Anonymous

    CIA has diplomatic immunity ??
    Wow !!

  • Jaimie11

    Little difference. Imagine that.

  • http://SALON WHITE DRAGON

    The Karachi photos of this guy show…. a big… beefy…athletic…thirty-something clean-shaven……grumpy guy with a short blonde haircut..chinos…and a cotton shirt in dull colors. He’s probably a tourist,right? But I didn’t see any plastic shopping bag or tourist props. In fact…he doesn’t look or act anything like a tourist…except he acts ‘cranky-American.’ CIA? Ridiculous! (Q: What was Kerry doing there?)

  • Tio Holtzman

    FYI: This behavior somehow not considered terrorism (i.e. sneaking around foriegn countries killing foriegners). Oh, I guess he would have to have used a b*mb or a p|ane or something for it to be terrorism. Oh, and he would’ve had to have been brown skinned, too.

  • Arlo J. Thudpucker

    Mercenaries now have “diplomatic immunity”, it seems.

    I’d like to know which “security contractors” employed Davis, in order to see how pervasive their presence is throughout the CIA.

    Once identified, we need to remove these psychopaths.

    We also need to identify and remove the CIA staffers that hired them in the first place.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    More vile fucking murder paid for with our tax dollars. And yet social services get cut.

    BTW, the Pakistani media is now reporting that this man was the acting director of the local CIA office, ie he is not just a Blackwater merc, he is an actual agent of the CIA and leader of the squad he was working black ops with. The men he killed were ISI agents following his team.

    I “Hope” we get some Egyptian style “Change” in the USA!

  • Anonymous

    Consular officials do not have diplomatic immunity. Only accredited officials of an embassy have diplomatic immunity. Of course the man is CIA otherwise the State Department wouldn’t give a damn.

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