Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Visit to Pakistan By CIA Officer Reported

From The L.A. Times:

The top-level agent is said to have come with a warning on security service ties to forces linked to Al Qaeda.

WASHINGTON -- In a demonstration of growing U.S. frustration, the CIA's deputy director flew to Islamabad this month to warn Pakistani officials that they need to do more to address dangerous ties between the country's spy agency and resurgent Al Qaeda-linked militants, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency has long been accused of arming, training and sponsoring the Taliban and affiliated Islamic extremists, first in Afghanistan and more recently in Pakistan, and of using them as proxies in Afghanistan and the disputed territory of Kashmir.

But the visit by Stephen Kappes marked a significant escalation of those U.S. concerns, and was carried out before this week's visit to Washington by Pakistani Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gillani, according to one senior U.S. official who confirmed the trip.

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My Comment: Frustration is clearly bubbling away at foggy bottom that they are now leaking details of their visit to the leadership of Pakistan. They cannot understand why they are being treated this way after giving the Pakistanis almost 10 billion dollars in aid since 9/11.

One of my favorite quotes is the following .... a fool and his money are always soon parted.

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