Authorities in Pak intentionally leaked CIA official name
American officials believe that the authorities in Pakistan, in particular the ISI, intentionally leaked the name of the CIA station head in Islamabad to retaliate for the unilateral US operation to kill Osama bin Laden.
Washington: American officials believe
that the authorities in Pakistan, in particular the spy agency ISI, intentionally leaked the name of the CIA station head in Islamabad to retaliate for the unilateral US operation to kill
Osama bin Laden, a media report has said.
"If true, the leak would be a sign that Pakistan`s
powerful security establishment, far from feeling hastened by
the killing of Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison city,
is seeking to demonstrate its leverage over Washington and
retaliate for the unilateral US operation," The Washington
Pakistani daily The Nation published the alleged name
of CIA station chief in Islamabad.
This is the second time in less than six months that
the identity of CIA Station Head in Islamabad has been leaked
and made public in Pakistan, thus putting to risk the top US
intelligence official in that country.
"The new station chief, who runs one of the largest US
intelligence-gathering operations in the world, played an
instrumental role in overseeing efforts to confirm bin Laden`s
location before last week`s raid," the daily said, adding that
the discovery of bin Laden`s presence in a Pakistani city was
considered a huge embarrassment for Pakistan`s military.
"The United States viewed it as an opportunity to
press Pakistan, the recipient of billions of dollars in annual
American aid, to crack down harder on militants. Outrage among
Pakistanis over the operation was also seen as a rare chance
for the weak civilian government in Islamabad to stake its
claim in foreign and security policy, areas long the domain of
the army," it said.
American officials acknowledged that they had no hard
evidence, but a US official said that the suspicion was "based
on past history."
The official indicated that evidence has accumulated
in recent months that the ISI was behind the exposure of the
station chief last year, The Post said.
"This is a seasoned CIA veteran who is a professional
and someone who knows how to deal with foreign intelligence
services very well," a US official was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, AFP quoted a US official as saying that
"there are currently no plans to pull the CIA`s chief of
station out of Pakistan."