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American who sparked diplomatic crisis over Lahore shooting was CIA spy

Declan Walsh in Lahore and Ewen MacAskill in Washington, Sunday 20 February 2011 19.38 GMT

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.

Pakistani authorities charged him with murder, but the Obama administration has insisted he is an "administrative and technical official" attached to its Lahore consulate and has diplomatic immunity.

Based on interviews in the US and Pakistan, the Guardian can confirm that the 36-year-old former special forces soldier is employed by the CIA. "It's beyond a shadow of a doubt," said a senior Pakistani intelligence official


Added: Feb-21-2011 Occurred On: Feb-20-2011
By: gregory_peckory
Tags: lahore, pakistan, us embassy, shooting, davis
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