Press coverage zings with unlikely stories about Davis – that he howls in his prison cells when the five-times daily call to prayer rings out; that the CIA plans a “Hollywood-style heist” to spring him; that he is the linchpin of the CIA’s drone programme.
Raymond Davis, an American official jailed for shooting and killing two Pakistanis, was a CIA operative spying on militant groups in Pakistan, the U.S. government has confirmed. Davis and American officials claim that the shooting was in self-defense for a failed robbery, though some reports indicate the victims were shot in the back. The Pakistani government currently has until March 14 to decide if Davis will be granted diplomatic immunity. The incident spotlights the already tense relations between Pakistan and the U.S., and the CIA’s expanding presence in the country—from which the U.S. military is largely restricted from operating because the two countries are not at war.