Arrested U.S. official is actually CIA contractor

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The incident in Pakistan also raises serious questions about how an armed CIA employee could become involved in a fatal shooting with street bandits and allow himself to be captured. Former CIA officers say they were taught to make their way back to the safety of the embassy or consulate in potentially dangerous situations, but the circumstances could have made that impossible in Mr. Davis‘ case.

Former CIA officials say this is not the first time an agency employee was detained in a foreign country. In the 1980s, a CIA officer with diplomatic immunity was abducted in Ethiopia after he was suspected of spying. The case was resolved quietly, and the officer eventually was released.

Associated Press writers Oskar Garcia in Las Vegas, Anne Gearan and Matt Apuzzo in Washington, and Kathy Gannon in Islamabad, Pakistan, contributed to this report.

 

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