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Raymond Davis CIA beyond a shadow of doubt

Raymond Davis, the American “diplomat” who shot dead two men on a Lahore street, triggering a diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and the United States, is a CIA agent who was on assignment at the time of the incident. The Guardian states it can confirm that the 36-year-old former special forces soldier is employed by the CIA.

“It’s beyond a shadow of a doubt,” said a senior Pakistani intelligence official. The Pakistani government is aware of Davis’s CIA status yet has kept quiet in the face of immense American pressure. Last week President Barack Obama described Davis as “our diplomat” and dispatched his chief diplomatic troubleshooter, Senator John Kerry, to Islamabad. Kerry returned home empty-handed.

Davis served in the US special forces for 10 years before leaving in 2003 to become a private security contractor. A senior Pakistani official said he believed Davis worked with Xe, the controversial firm formerly known as Blackwater, before joining the CIA. A Colorado television station, 9NEWS, initially made a connection after speaking to Davis’s wife, who lives outside Denver. She referred its inquiries to a number in Washington which turned out to be the CIA.

The episode has badly damaged relations between the CIA and the ISI, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency. Davis killed, Faizan Haider, 21, and Muhammad Faheem, 19. A senior police official confirmed American claims that the men were petty thieves – investigators found stolen mobile phones on their bodies, as well as small amounts of foreign currency and illegal weapons – but did not rule out an intelligence link.

Many Pakistanis are outraged at the idea of an armed American rampaging through their second largest city; some analysts have warned of Egyptian-style protests if Davis is released. Outrage has been heightened by the death of a third man who was crushed by an American vehicle as it rushed to Davis’s aid. Pakistani officials believe the vehicle’s occupants were also CIA because they came from the same suburban house where Davis lived and were heavily armed.


5 Responses to “Raymond Davis CIA beyond a shadow of doubt”

  1. The Nation reports that well-placed sources said that the highly-trained CIA operative was the second important man of the CIA in Pakistan after ex-station chief Jonathan Banks who recently left Pakistan after his cover was blown.

    The sources said that Davis could be called the deputy station chief of the CIA in Pakistan, or the acting station chief. They said that after Banks left the federal capital, Davis assumed the charge of his office by carrying out all the tasks previously under the domain of his boss, including gathering information for drone attacks.

    The sources said that one of the main tasks of Davis was to keep CIA network intact in the tribal agencies, as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

  2. […] Raymond Davis, the so-called U.S. diplomat apprehended in Pakistan, has been found in possession of top-secret CIA documents, which point to him or the feared American Task Force 373 (TF 373) operating in the region, providing Al-Qaeda terrorists with “nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents,” according to a report. […]

  3. Turns out “Raymond Davis” was the station head of Central Investigation Agency (CIA) in Pakistan. His real identity is ‘Michael George Fernandez’.

    He was deputed in American CIA from M-5 Corps for the execution of secret mission. Previously, he served under the direct authority of CIA chief Leon Panetta.

    Sources told that investigation report includes information regarding his meeting with American Consular General, Carmela Conroy in Lahore where he handed over the secret computer chip about the US drone attacks in FATA and since drones have again started operating.

  4. March 16, the saga ends as Raymond Davis is freed from prison after the United States paid $2.34 million in “blood money” to the victims’ families.

  5. […] a security relationship left in tatters over the past year from a series of episodes, including the shooting of two Pakistanis in Lahore by a CIA contractor, the Navy SEALs raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden and the deadly airstrike in […]

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