US Official Arrested In Pakistan Is CIA

An American jailed in Pakistan for the fatal shooting of two armed men was secretly working for the CIA and scouting a neighborhood when he was arrested, a disclosure that is likely to further frustrate US efforts to free the man and strain relations between the US and Pakistan.

Raymond Davis, 36, had been working as a CIA security contractor and living in a Lahore safe house. Davis shot the men in what he described as an attempted armed robbery as they approached him on a motorcycle. A third Pakistani, a bystander, died when a car rushing to help Davis struck him. Davis was carrying a Glock handgun, a pocket telescope and papers with different identifications.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration insisted anew Monday that Davis had diplomatic immunity and must be set free.

The revelation that Davis was an employee of the CIA comes amid a tumultuous dispute over whether he is immune from criminal prosecution under international rules enacted to protect diplomats overseas.

New protests in Pakistan erupted after The Guardian newspaper in London decided to publish details about Davis’ relationship with the CIA in its Sunday edition.

Complete article via Associated Press

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