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U.S. Official Says American Held In Pakistan Was Not Involved In Spying

Raymond Davis, pictured here on Jan. 28 being escorted to a local court in Lahore, Pakistan, had been working as a CIA security contractor for the U.S. consulate in Lahore, according to former and current U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly about the incident. i i

hide captionRaymond Davis, pictured here on Jan. 28 being escorted to a local court in Lahore, Pakistan.

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Raymond Davis, pictured here on Jan. 28 being escorted to a local court in Lahore, Pakistan, had been working as a CIA security contractor for the U.S. consulate in Lahore, according to former and current U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly about the incident.

Raymond Davis, pictured here on Jan. 28 being escorted to a local court in Lahore, Pakistan.

Hamza Ahmed/AP

The story of American Raymond Davis, who's being held in a Pakistani jail as he awaits word on whether he'll be tried for killing two men, has gotten more complicated with the news that he was working for the CIA.

American officials insist that doesn't change his status as someone who has diplomatic immunity. From Islamabad, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports that "according to a U.S. official," Davis was working as a "protective officer, providing security to U.S. personnel."

He was not involved in covert operations or spying, that official says.

Still, as Julie says, the disclosure of Davis' connection to the CIA has further frayed U.S. relations with Pakistan's intelligence agency. Here is Julie's report:

NPR's Julie McCarthy

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