American held in Pakistan is acting CIA station chief

Raymond Allen Davis

Raymond Davis

A British and a Pakistani newspaper have confirmed that an American diplomat, who is being held in Pakistan for killing two armed men in Lahore, is in reality an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency. On January 25, former US Special Forces member Raymond Allen Davis (note: this may not be his real name) used an unregistered Glock semi-automatic pistol to shoot dead two passengers on a motorcycle, who he says tried to assault him while he was driving his car in Pakistan’s second largest city. Witnesses say Davis shot dead the one of the two men by firing ten shots from inside his vehicle, before stepping outside to shoot the second man as he was running away from the scene of the crime. Pakistani authorities say Davis’ claim to self-defense is discredited by the fact that the second man’s body was found almost 10 meters away from the motorcycle, bearing bullet wounds in his back. A third individual was struck and run over by a car carrying several armed Americans, whom Pakistanis say were also CIA operatives. The latter have since returned to the United States, according to Pakistani officials. Soon after Davis’ arrest, US President Barack Obama insisted that Pakistani authorities had illegally captured a “US consulate worker” of an “administrative and technical” capacity, attached to the US consulate in Lahore. But British broadsheet The Guardian has now confirmed that, according to information supplied by knowledgeable individuals in the US and Pakistan, Davis, 36, is “beyond a shadow of a doubt” an employee of the CIA. The paper also states that several US media outlets are aware of Davis’ intelligence capacity, but have refrained from revealing it under pressure from the US government. Meanwhile, Pakistani newspaper The Nation has revealed that Davis has been serving as the CIA’s acting station chief in Pakistan since December, when Jonathan Banks, the Agency’s station chief there, was forced to leave the country after his cover was blown in a lawsuit. There are also suggestions, which are disputed by anonymous Pakistani officials, that the men killed by Davis were in fact officers of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, who were monitoring the CIA’s activities in Lahore. The Guardian says that the Pakistani government is “aware of Davis’s CIA status” but is afraid to release him, fearing “Egyptian-style protests” if Davis is allowed to return to Washington.

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4 Responses to American held in Pakistan is acting CIA station chief

  1. tunde says:

    the story gets ‘curioser and curioser’ as they say.
    what, in your opinion, accounts for the inital fumbling over his dip status ? are not all intel officers declared, at least to the host country’s service ? the pakistani FM resigned over this affair (dip/non-dip status).
    is it usual for the acting SC to be travelling alone in a city prone to violent political outbursts with the eqpt he had and incriminating data on his camera, with such a flimsy legend ? i’m astonished that in this modern day, taking photos, encrypting it and sending it to your ops centre is something that is not done proximus to the ‘decisive moment’ as cartier-bresson calls it.
    concluding, is it usual for the agency to act unilaterally in such a manner and not have levers of pressure with the host country’s services ?

  2. joe kerr says:

    This shows just how divided and unstable Pakistan really is… their intel service has long been see as a tool of the Islamists and an ally of Al Qaida! The fact that Pakistan wont recognise the diplomatic immunity shows that it is decending further and further into chaos and lawlessness. The alliance of convienence is torn and tattered- with Pakistan exporting terrorism into India and other nations- exporting nuclear technology into other rogue states what else can we or the world endure? The mere fact that as a diplomat he was also a spy is an assumed fact as all nations engage in such activity- the only question is what was he looking for- terrorists or Pakistani complicity?

  3. Citizen Pain says:

    Since when is a CIA agent, or even a private military/security contractor, qualified for diplomatic immunity? Davis is NOT a diplomat, nor does he work for the State Department, nor anything even remotely connected to the diplomatic service. You start blurring that line and the next thing you know Mossad will be here in the U.S. assassinating whomever they like under diplomatic immunity. This is NOT a line we should even want to blur.

  4. says:

    Since forever. Spies with official cover have long been operating under diplomatic credentials. Diplomat expulsions that happened en masse during the Cold War were really code for “we’re kicking your station chief out.”

    What I want to know is, how can a contractor be acting station chief?? Or hold a formal position within a station in any capacity??? That’s about as disturbing as the head of a directorate or the director of the CIA being a contractor. I get that contractors have the necessary clearances; but how can you be a private employee be holding down an official role in the agency IN AN OFFICIAL COMMAND POSITION? How is that not ludicrous?! And why would a station chief — acting or not — be running field ops, alone, in an essentially hostile country? The whole story stinks and sounds fantastic to the point of unbelievability.

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