Pakistani Media Reportedly Outs CIA Station Chief


Minister (2k+ posts)
New rifts take place between CIA, ISI

New rifts take place between CIA, ISI


A new rift has taken place between the CIA and ISI after the leakage of Top CIA spys name.

A similar case had taken place back in December 2001 when the CIA had to withdraw its station chief in Islamabad after a newspaper had published his name.

A United States official said that (this time) the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had no plans to withdraw its station chief from Islamabad after his name was allegedly divulged in a Pakistani newspaper.

The publication of the name came amid severe tensions between the two countries, with Pakistan complaining of "unilateralism" after a US raid last week that killed Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil.

According to the US officials, the move appeared to be aimed at disrupting the work of the US spy agency in the aftermath of the Bin Laden raid.

The CIA and US State Department declined to comment on the fate of the station chief in Islamabad. But State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, "Counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan is in our national security interest. It has yielded results, tangible results, over the last decade.

The New York Times said that the relationship between the ISI Chief, General Ahmed Shuja Pasha and the CIA station chief was quite strained. It said that both were engaged in a clash on the issue of Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor who killed two Pakistanis back in January.


MPA (400+ posts)
The U.S. is investigating why Pakistani media broadcast the name of a man they said is the CIAs Islamabad station chief and if it was an attempt to out the agent following the killing of Usama bin Laden.
The raid by U.S. Navy SEALs that resulted in the Al Qaeda leaders death put further strain on the already tender relationship between the two countries. Pakistan has adamantly denied that it had any knowledge that bin Laden was hiding for years in a military city not far from its capital.
The alleged name of the Islamabad station chief -- one of the CIAs most significant and sensitive assignments -- was first broadcast Friday by ARY, a private Pakistani television channel, The Wall Street Journal reported. The channel was covering a meeting between the station chief and the director of the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistans spy agency.
While the Associated Press learned that the name reported was incorrect, ARYs Islamabad bureau chief told The Journal that not broadcasting the name would have hurt the storys credibility.
There are currently no plans to withdraw the chief from assignment, and neither the CIA nor Pakistans spy agency would respond to the newspaper for comment.

Asad Munir, a former intelligence chief with responsibility for the tribal zone, told the AP 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. "My name was known to everybody. Only if there is a photograph to identify him could it put his life in danger."
If the Pakistani government was behind the attempt to publicize the name it would be the second outing of its kind in the past six months.
In December, the CIA pulled its then-Islamabad chief out of Pakistan amid death threats after his name emerged publicly.
In that case, Pakistans Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence denied it was behind the unmasking, and warned such allegations could damage its fragile counterterrorism alliance with the U.S.
Now, a week after the U.S. raid, Ambassador Husain Haqqani said in an interview with ABCs This Week that Pakistan was "offended" by the "violation of our sovereignty, but that heads will roll if an investigation reveals any complicity regarding sheltering bin Laden within the government.
"Pakistan wants to put to rest any, any misgivings the world has about our role," Haqqani said, but also added that the U.S. needed to convince Pakistan that it was really an ally.
Survivors of the raid, including children, are in Pakistani custody. The U.S. says it wants access to bin Laden's three widows and any intelligence material its commandos left behind at the Al Qaeda leader's compound.
Meanwhile, in an interview with CBS 60 Minutes, President Obama said both countries are going to have to investigate how bin Laden was able to operate in relative security in northern Pakistan.
"We think that there had to be some sort of support network for bin Laden inside of Pakistan. But we don't know who or what that support network was. We don't know whether there might have been some people inside of government -- people outside of government. And that's something that we have to investigate. More importantly, that's something the Pakistani government has to investigate," Obama said. "But these are questions we're not going to be able to answer three or four days after the event. It's going to take some time for us to be able to exploit the intelligence we were able to gather on site."
National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, pressing Pakistan, also said Sunday that the U.S. wants access to all information gathered by the Pakistanis at the compound and urged the country to follow through on the investigation.
"It is important ... for the Pakistanis to investigate what happened here. We don't have evidence at this point that the political, military and intelligence leadership of Pakistan knew about the bin Laden operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan. But that issue is front and center in Pakistan right now. It does need to be investigated," Donilon told "Fox News Sunday."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.