Pakistan: We Didn't Blow CIA Spy's Cover

Calls accusation that it did so 'totally unsubstantiated'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2010 9:07 AM CST
Pakistani villagers hold a banner that reads "CIA staff should put on trial on accounts of killings innocent people by drone attacks."   (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

(Newser) – Pakistan is none too pleased with the finger pointing that began after the cover of the top CIA spy in the country was blown. Pakistan's own top spy organization angrily denied today that it was behind the release of the spy's name. “We absolutely deny this accusation, which is totally unsubstantiated and based on nothing but conjecture,” a senior Inter-Services Intelligence official said.

“We have cooperated to the hilt despite constant allegations leveled against us. But this story is the biggest bombshell,” the official continued, referring to the New York Times article published yesterday that reported that some American officials are convinced ISI deliberately blew the spy's cover. He added that the article seemed to have an ulterior motive: “to create rifts between the ISI and CIA.” The Times again reported that some officials believe ISI is behind the leak, possibly in retaliation for a civil lawsuit filed in Brooklyn last month that implicates the ISI chief in the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Click for more on the spy, who was forced to flee the country.

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