What-oh! There's a storm a-brewin' between American and Pakistani intelligence agencies. Perhaps it's more accurate to say "a storm has been a-brewin' forever and is now raining medium-size balls of hail which will eventually get bigger and bigger until each hail ball weighs as much as a monster truck." Here's why…
The Central Intelligence Agency's top clandestine officer in Islamabad was pulled from the country on Thursday amid an escalating war of recriminations between American and Pakistani spies, with some American officials convinced that the officer's cover was deliberately blown by Pakistan's military intelligence agency.
Ooh… yeah. That… that'll do it. And the timing couldn't have been more awkward, coming as it did on the same day Obama presented the Afghanistan-Pakistan Annual Review.
So, how did the identity of this top-secret superspy come to be known? He was "named publicly in a legal complaint sent to Pakistani police this week by the family of victims of the spy agency’s campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas."
This begs another question: How exactly did a family in a remote tribal area discover the name of Jimmy Bond (haha, that is not his name, but imagine if it were!) in the first place?
But the officials said there is strong suspicion that operatives of Pakistan's powerful spy service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, had a hand in revealing the C.I.A. officer’s identity — possibly in retaliation for a civil lawsuit filed in Brooklyn last month implicating the I.S.I. chief in the Mumbai terror attacks of November 2008.
Jeez. What is the chance the I.S.I. and C.I.A. are going to be invited to each other's ugly Christmas sweater parties this year? Probably about as good as the chance that the U.S. will stop bombing the fuck out of rural Pakistan anytime in the next five to ten years.
Tags: CIA, Military, Pakistan, Spying