- CIA American who sparked diplomatic crisis over Lahore shooting was CIA spy
- Raymond Davis employed by CIA ‘beyond shadow of doubt’
- Former soldier charged with murder over deaths of two men
- Davis accused of shooting one man twice in the back as he fled
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.
Raymond Davis has been the subject of widespread speculation since he opened fire with a semi-automatic Glock pistol on the two men who had pulled up in front of his car at a red light on 25 January.
David Lindorff is founding editor of the online alternative newspaper ThisCantBeHappening! http://www.ThisCantBeHappening.net
He said today: “When Raymond Davis, the American who killed two Pakistani intelligence operatives in Lahore and now sits in a Lahore prison, was arrested, he claimed to have worked for a security company in Orlando. I checked it out for Counterpunch magazine. The address proved to be a vacant storefront in an empty strip mall. President Obama has publicly called Davis ‘our diplomat,’ demanding his release. He was lying. Davis is a CIA contractor. Major U.S. news organizations knew this weeks ago, but went along with the lie. It gets worse though. I’ve learned that in Davis’s camera, police found photos of military installations, mosques and schools — the very things being bombed routinely in Pakistan. So what was Raymond Davis really up to?”
Lindorff recently wrote the piece “U.S. Caught in The Big Lie: ThisCantBeHappening! was Correct in Exposing Raymond Davis as a Spy.” http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/473
He also wrote: “The Deepening Mystery of Raymond Davis and Two Slain Pakistani Motorcyclists.” http://www.counterpunch.org/lindorff02082011.html
Read more about this story here: American who sparked diplomatic crisis over Lahore shooting was CIA spy | World news | The Guardian.
Shanid Mahmood was an editorial cartoonist for Dawn, a national newspaper in Pakistan (http://drawnconclusions.com). He is now internationally syndicated with the New York Times Syndicate. He just wrote the piece “Raymond Davis: Why the Killer Should be Deported,” which states:
Raymond Davis is emblematic of the West’s relationship with today’s autocrats and dysfunctional democracies. His story highlights an impunity that the United States and its allies are discovering is very hard to cover-up in our digital age. The pro-reform groups, rallying in the Middle East, are not only speaking against leaders such as Mubarak and Gaddafi but also against polices of appeasement that sustain individuals like Mr. Davis. …
“Judicially trying Mr. Davis in Pakistan is not a successful long-term strategy. The government of Pakistan has already sold its sovereignty. Courtesy of WikiLeaks, many Pakistanis now know that Prime Minister Gilani agreed to expand the CIA drone program in 2008, while promising to denounce it in parliament for the sake of appearances.” http://counterpunch.org/mahmood02232011.html
Background: See in Pakistani newspaper the Dawn: “Probe finds connection between Davis, drone attacks.” http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/18/probe-finds-connection-between-davis-drone-attacks.html
Pakistan Ledger: “No drone attacks since January 23rd. ‘Davis’ arrested on Jan 27th.” http://www.pakistanledger.com/?p=30901
Fatima Bhutto: “The War Against Pakistan” http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175329/tomgram:_fatima_bhutto,_the_war_against_pakistan