Update (at bottom): State Dept. insists dateline was a typo
A statement by the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, regarding the acquittal of CIA contractor Raymond Davis in the murders of two Pakistani men, had a little something wrong with it this morning: instead of reading “March 16,” it read “March 10.”
That’s a misstatement which could be a typographical error, or it could be something more.
It could imply the embassy knew what the outcome of the case would be ahead of time, potentially further inflaming an already tense diplomatic situation.
After the acquittal was announced, a Pakistani official claimed it was because the families of the two men had accepted “blood money” and dropped charges in accordance with local custom. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted that “the United States did not pay any compensation.”
The Justice Department announced it was opening an investigation into the case, and U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter said he expressed “my regret for the incident and my sorrow at the suffering it caused.”
The embassy had further thanked the families for “their generosity” in pardoning Davis, even though U.S. officials had maintained that he enjoyed diplomatic immunity from prosecution.
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