Intelligence officials of Pakistan furious over memoir of Raymond Davis
The security and intelligence official of Pakistan have reacted angrily to the release of a memoir by an ex-CIA contractor; they have said that his 2011 acquittal in a high profile murder case and subsequent return to the U.S. had been an arrangement between Pakistan and the U.S. and not among individuals.
Headlines were made by Raymond Davis this week when in his book he exposed the alleged role of Pakistan’s former spy chief Shuja Pasha in quashing a murder trial which was being conducted against Davis by paying $2.4 million to the families of two men Davis had killed while working for the CIA in Pakistan in 2011.
The incident had triggered a diplomatic crisis when the police had arrested Davis for the killings. However, after seven weeks, families of the slain men had told a court that Davis had been pardoned by them, this had ended a tense showdown between the U.S. and Pakistan, Pakistan is the America’s ally in the war on extremism.
The reaction on Sunday had come after Davis released “The Contractor: How I Landed in a Pakistani Prison and Ignited a Diplomatic Crisis.” Davis in the book, has said that he considered the two Pakistanis a threat when they had rode their motorcycle near his car and one of them had a gun in his hand.
He writes that “I had never killed anyone before, thankfully, all ten rounds I fired found their intended targets.”
An intelligence official of Pakistan on the condition of anonymity acknowledged the country’s spy agency helped the CIA to remove Davis from Pakistan, however he said that no such help would be given to the CIA in the future. The intelligence official had spoken on the condition of anonymity in accordance with agency policy.
The official said that “(Davis’) release was an arrangement between two states and not two individuals. It was based on goodwill between two agencies or two states and it helped the CIA get their man out through legal means, but in a confidential arrangement.”
A security official who was familiar with the interrogation of Davis after his arrest confirmed that Pakistan had helped to facilitate the release of Davis’. He added that the “scandalous memoir” had angered him. The official also spoke on the condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak on record.
The intelligence official said “If the objective was to turn Pakistani and (its spy agency’s) favor into a vilification campaign, then Raymond Davis and his sponsors achieved it for a short period. But Pakistan and its intelligence agencies will not be obliged to repeat such favors in future.”
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