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Pakistan Media Report Name Of CIA Official

From a feigning concern Associated Press:

Pakistan media report alleged name of CIA official

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani media have reported a name they allege is that of the CIA station chief in Islamabad — the second such potential outing of a sensitive covert operative in six months, and one that comes with tensions running high over the U.S. raid in Pakistan that killed Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.

Remember, Pakistan is our ally.

The Associated Press has learned that the name being reported is incorrect.

Well, let’s just say that the CIA says that name is incorrect. Which, by the way, is quite unusual, since their usual practice is to neither confirm nor deny such reports.

Of course it would make perfect sense that Pakistan would get it wrong. Still, the intention was there.

Nonetheless, the airing of any alleged identity of the U.S. spy agency’s top official in this country could be pushback from Pakistan’s powerful military and intelligence establishment, which was humiliated over the surprise raid on its soil, and could further sour relations between Washington and Islamabad.

"Could be"?

Well, we certainly don’t want the Pakistani government to get any more mad at us. They might stop cooperating so much. And they might refuse to take our billions of dollars in aid.

On Friday, the private TV channel ARY broadcast what it said was the current station chief’s name. The Nation, a right-wing [sic] newspaper, picked up the story Saturday.

ARY’s news director, Mazhar Abbas, said the television station’s reporter gleaned the name from a source. He defended the broadcast, saying it was "based on fact," and denounced allegations that the name was leaked to the television channel by an official with an agenda.

Who does this rinky-dink Pakistan TV station think it is? The New York Times?

"The prime responsibility of the reporter is to give a story which is based on facts," he said. "Interpretation of the story is something else." …

Which just proves that the news media is the same all the world over.

The AP is not publishing the station chief’s name because he is undercover and his identity is classified. It was not immediately clear whether the Americans would pull him out of the country.

Which of course makes little sense, if the name is incorrect — as the AP just claimed above.

Asad Munir, a former intelligence chief with responsibility for Pakistan’s militant-riddled tribal areas, said very few people know the name of the CIA station chief in Islamabad. But he said that releasing it would not necessarily jeopardize the station chief’s safety.

"Normally people in intelligence have cover names," Munir said. "Only if there is a photograph to identify him could it put his life in danger."

Well, that’s a relief.

In December, the CIA pulled its then-station chief out of Pakistan after a name alleged to be his surfaced in public and his safety was deemed at risk. That name hit the local presses after it was mentioned by a lawyer who planned a lawsuit on behalf of victims of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt.

Suspicions have lingered that that outing was orchestrated by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency to avenge an American lawsuit that named its chief over the 2008 terror attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai. The Pakistani agency denied leaking the CIA operative’s name.

And we believed them then, too.

Meanwhile, also from the Associated Press:

Pakistan: Taliban fighters hold bin Laden memorial

By Ishtiaq Mahsud, Associated Press
May 9, 2011

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – An intelligence official and local tribal chief say several hundred Taliban fighters held a memorial service for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan’s tribal region.

They say the mourners hailed the slain al-Qaida chief and shouted slogans against America and Pakistan. The service took place Monday in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan.

South Waziristan was the Pakistani Taliban’s main sanctuary before the army launched an offensive in 2009.

The intelligence official and local tribal chief Ghanam Shah Wazir say the army allowed the service to occur because it was led by Maulvi Nazir, a Taliban commander who is believed to have a peace deal with the government

Well, it’s a good thing that the ISI isn’t sheltering or aiding the Taliban, either, isn’t it?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Pakistan Media Report Name Of CIA Official”

  1. proreason says:

    Does anybody think this would have happened if dubya was president.

    With Spike, they probably didn’t even check. That is, if Spike didn’t make the suggestion.

  2. Right of the People says:

    “The AP is not publishing the station chief’s name because he is undercover and his identity is classified.”

    That’s a first for the Dis-Associated Press. Normally the name would be headline news.


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