Friday, December 17, 2010

CIA Recalls Pakistan Station Chief After His Name Becomes Public

Thanks to a public complaint, with a little help from the ISI?
The CIA officer, who remains undercover, is returning to the U.S. because of threats to his safety, a U.S. official says. The officer's name was used in a police complaint by a Pakistani who says relatives were killed in a U.S. Predator drone strike[...]

Pakistani journalist Karim Khan filed a police complaint Monday alleging that his brother and son were killed when a missile fired from a CIA drone hit their home in North Waziristan in December 2009. The complaint and a separate notice to the U.S. Embassy of his intent to sue identified a person they claimed was the CIA station chief in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.

Khan said his two relatives were teachers and that they did not have any connection to Islamic militants, who are the targets of covert U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas. His lawyer, Shahzad Akbar, said Friday that he obtained the CIA officer's name from two Pakistani newspaper reporters, and included it in the lawsuit because he believed the man should be punished for civilian deaths caused by the drone strikes.[Emphasis mine..ed]

"He should be arrested and executed in this country," Khan said outside an Islamabad police station, according to news reports.
Money quote
Although Akbar refused to identify the reporters, suspicions about the source of the information fell on Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI. The ISI historically has maintained strong ties with certain Pakistani journalists, who have published information aimed at bolstering the agency's interests.[Emphasis mine...ed]
Lots of drones strikes, just sayin...

1 comment:

christian soldier said...

Hmmmm- don't they (Islamic terrorists)- use women and children as shields-
No need to answer- I know they do - so - the drone hitting "innocents" does not ring true--