Arrested US official in Pakistan is actually CIA contractor

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 21, 2011 19:48

 
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The Associated Press has learned that an American jailed in Pakistan after the fatal shooting of two armed men was secretly working for the CIA.

The arrest last month of 36-year-old Raymond Allen Davis has caused an international diplomatic crisis. The US has repeatedly asserted that Davis had diplomatic immunity and should have been released immediately.

But former and current US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly about the incident, told the AP that Davis had been working as a CIA security contractor for the US consulate in Lahore.

Davis, a former Special Forces soldier who left the military in 2003, shot the men in what he described as an attempted armed robbery in the eastern city of Lahore.

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