Thursday, December 30, 2010

An Analysis On The CIA's Long History With Pakistan's Intelligence Services

Should The CIA Turn Against Pakistan's Spies? -- The New Republic

The recent chief-of-station (COS) cover-shredding brouhaha between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate marks an ironic and possibly important shift in the historic affection that Langley has had for Pakistan’s premiere intelligence service. It’s uncommon for a COS to be yanked home from a country where the CIA has enjoyed a pretty intimate relationship with the host service; it’s certain that the Agency did not do so just because the true name of an operative surfaced in the press due to a drone-provoked wrongful death lawsuit.

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My Comment: Being the head of the CIA desk in Pakistan must be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. To find someone who understands the culture, history, and be able to maneuver among the different factions and groups in Pakistan's government/military/intelligence services .... and still be able to conduct a covert war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban .... wow .... good luck to him.

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