WASHINGTON—The American detained in Pakistan in the killing of two armed men was working secretly in the country for the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. officials say.
The disclosures about Raymond Davis, a former Army Special Forces soldier who worked as a contractor in Pakistan for the CIA, might complicate U.S. efforts to secure his release and exacerbate growing tensions between between U.S. and Pakistani intelligence agencies. Pakistani intelligence officials say they weren’t informed by the U.S. about Mr. Davis’s role with the CIA and warned that ties may have been damaged beyond repair by the case.
Mr. Davis has been held by Pakistani authorities in the eastern city of Lahore since late January. He was on a contract with the CIA as a protective officer, responsible for providing security to American personnel, including intelligence officers who help orchestrate covert operations against al Qaeda militants and their allies, U.S. officials said.
The CIA carries out drone strikes in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan that are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, and U.S. officials fear the release of information about Mr. Davis’s ties to the CIA could endanger his life in detention. As a security officer, U.S. officials said, Mr. Davis wasn’t directly involved in the CIA’s spy or drone operations. “Rumors to the contrary are simply wrong,” a U.S. official said.
The U.S. says Mr. Davis, 36 years old, shot the two men in self-defense when they tried to rob him.
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American Held in Pakistan Worked for CIA, Say U.S. Officials
With the admission that Mr. Davis works for the CIA, in ANY capacity, the Obama administration has signed a death warrant for Mr. Davis. Obama and company have just condemned this man to death.
There was once a time when the U.S. government would have disavowed you, they would have denied that you ever existed, but they wouldn’t have told your captors that you were a CIA employee, as an Officer or a contractor in ANY capacity.
There was a time when these guys may have had you killed if you had been captured, especially if you had some sensitive data that they didn’t want discovered. They may have offered an exchange, if they held a person that your captors wanted back. They would have tried to make a rescue if at all possible, particularly if you were a valued asset. But under NO circumstances would they have given you up as a CIA contractor of Officer.
A senior official with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, said Pakistan wasn’t initially aware Mr. Davis was working for the CIA.
Maybe the Pakistanis would be happy if ALL CIA personnel came in country and presented a business card and a dossier.
The official said he believes the U.S. could be using other undeclared operatives like Mr. Davis as a way of circumventing visa restrictions imposed by Islamabad on the U.S. spy agency.
Here is a bit of personal opinion; if the CIA and/or the Obama administration keep on giving up the identity of Officers and contractors, pretty soon there won’t be any officers left to give up. Unlike the FBI and Secret Service, the CIA is not a bunch of Federal Agents and automatons that blindly, and mindlessly follow the orders and wishes of the President.
The CIA will carry out the missions given them, and they can also brew up their own missions if nothing is particularly piquing their interest, but they won’t go needlessly into the fray in an effort that requires they sacrifice themselves for moronic leaders. Think Obama.