American held in Pakistan shooting was CIA contractor

Protests against Raymond Davis continue in Pakistan.

Raymond Davis, the American held in Pakistan on double murder charges for a shooting in Lahore last month, is employed by the CIA as a contractor, U.S. sources closely following the case said yesterday.

Davis, who is being held in a Lahore jail amid a diplomatic dispute over whether he has diplomatic immunity, was working as a “protective officer,” the sources said.

U.S. officials who declined to be identified told Reuters Davis’ duties as a protective officer — essentially a bodyguard — were to provide physical security to U.S. Embassy and consular officers, as well as visiting American dignitaries.

The officials strongly denied news reports alleging Davis was part of a covert CIA-led team of operatives conducting surveillance on militant groups in Pakistan.



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