Pakistan outs CIA station chief

Pakistan outs CIA station chief

Man, it’s a sure good thing we trust these guys, huh?

It’s being reported that, as retaliation for being kept in the dark about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the Pakistani government has decided to out the CIA station chief stationed there.

Oh, and the best part? This is the second time they’ve done so.

Amid bitter, recriminatory exchanges between the United States and Pakistan over the Osama bin Laden extermination, planned bilateral visits of President Asif Ali Zardari to Washington DC and a return trip of President Barack Obama to Islamabad are both in jeopardy. Ties between the two sides are expected to slide further following Pakistan’s “outing” of the CIA station chief in Islamabad on Saturday.

In a sign of how bad ties are between the two countries, Pakistani media on Saturday once again publicly named the CIA station chief in Islamabad, a breach of both protocol and trust, that is bound to enrage Washington.

… The latest breach indicates that a section of the Pakistani military-intelligence establishment is determined to run the CIA out of the country fearing that the ISI’s links with terror groups and its sheltering of terrorist leaders will be exposed.

The CIA is refusing to pull the operative, stating that his name was spelled incorrectly, was likely a cover name anyways, and without a photograph, his cover isn’t really blown yet. So how will Pakistan respond? Are they going to simply publish a photograph of him now, too?

First, we find Osama bin Laden hiding in Pakistan, in a city containing their version of West Point. After the raid, they threatened retaliation. Now, they’re leaking the name of our CIA station chief there. Someone remind me again why we’re considering them an ally of ours — and more importantly, why we’re sending them billions of dollars.

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