Monday, February 21, 2011
Raymond Davis a CIA agent: Guardian
“The American who shot dead two men in Lahore, triggering a diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and the US, is a CIA agent who was on assignment at the time,” guardian.co.uk reported on Monday.
The report goes on to say “Based on interviews in the US and Pakistan, the Guardian can confirm that the 36-year-old former special forces soldier is employed by the CIA.”
Davis was arrested on January 27, after he shot dead two young motorcyclists in a busy marketplace in Lahore. Since then, relations between Pakistan and the US have been strained over Davis’s trial, where the latter claims that Davis has diplomatic immunity.
Earlier the Punjab police and intelligence officials had claimed also that Davis was a high-profile spy. “The evidence was provided by Davis in his confessional statement during investigation,” a senior police official had told The Express Tribune, requesting anonymity. “We have concluded that a gang of American spies is active in Punjab and other parts of the country,” he added.
Last week, Fauzia Wahab also had to resign from her post as the Information Secretary after making the statement that Davis was a diplomat and hence had diplomatic immunity.