May 9th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Pakistani official denies leak of CIA agent's name

News outlets in Pakistan have made public the name of an American they identified as the CIA station chief, but a senior Pakistani intelligence official said Monday the person named is not the station chief.

Referring to a name cited in the Pakistani newspaper The Nation, the intelligence official said, "If we were going to release the name, we would release the right one." The official said he did not know where the name came from.

A U.S. official said there is "no current plan to bring home the current chief of station" in Pakistan.

The remarks came amid reports suggesting Pakistani officials may have leaked the name of a CIA official in the country.

Tensions between the United States and Pakistan have been growing since U.S. forces found and killed Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad a week ago. U.S. officials have been publicly questioning whether Pakistan did all it could to track down the world's most wanted terrorist.

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  1. IKHAN

    Bringing our troops home is just one facet of the beginning.
    Beginning of a long journey to re -establish our credibility and influence in regions which are vital for our geo-political & economic interests. Afghanistan,Pakistan, the Middle East.
    The Iraq folly and our military intrusion in Afghanistan opened doors for countries like Russia,China, India & Iran to raise their stakes in this region and play for power. Both China & Iran have been successful.
    China quietly working to grab oil futures (as they are doing in Latin America) and Iran capitalizing on the political scene.

    If we want that the balance of power remains tilted in our favor and efforts by countries like, Russia,China, India & Iran to increase their stake & hold in this region are held in check, we shall have to do more. Not militarily but in statesmanship.

    We need to win the hearts and minds of the general population, not just prop up the leaders who are generally corrupt and unpopular. Help eradicate poverty & illiteracy the two major causes of radicalization. Stop this craziness of attacking and maligning their religion , their holy book and the religious icons that those 1.2 billion folks revere.

    In the current shifting balance of power and stirrings of change in the Middle East, we have to think hard to retain our stature as leaders.

    May 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Don't worry IKHAN,the right-wing thugs in Washington will always manage to keep a stanglehold on the Middle East!

      May 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mobasher

      Pakistani leaders are Puppit of America, even they can be puppit of that person who will give them bone. Pakistani leaders shameless.great

      June 23, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Riff*Raff

    Jazzz,I didnt mean you,just in general. Sometimes they can be brutal,lol.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      I know you didnt mean me , just playin with ya, buddy.

      May 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat2u

    Our government exposed the two faced pakistani "intelligence ????? " community for what they are, so now they're going to start revealing names in retaliation. We need to leave those people to their own ways. They will never change. All they know is bribe taking and playing CYA ( cover your a$$ ).

    May 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ANDRE HIMES

    Under racial profiling many black americans were arrested and were either martyred within the prison system or were deported to africa where many of them were martyred there and were buried in mass graves in the nation of the sudan and in the congo.The hiphop nation which glorified black on black violence was summon against black america by many of the white feminist as well those whites who have a long history of embracing white supremacy and it was this act as well as the widespread use of racial profiling is what has contrbute to the black holocaust. Mean while a new non human black america has arisen from both the antebellum and the hiphop nations and is based on sterotypical images of low class , poverty sticken and criminally prone blacks,and has replace the black human population who were sacrifice during the black holocaust 1968-2001

    May 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Just like jigg-a-boos, Pakistani's are smelly and gross.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Muslims have started a jihad against soap. They all stink.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IKHAN

    I do not think that is appropriate.
    They are breathing & living people like us. Struggling with poverty, lack of education & disease reeling under the cycle of violence that has consumed so many of them.
    Maligning a whole people for the handful of terrorists we fight, is counterproductive and wouldn't help us in our efforts to stem radicalism.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patty

    Hey Jazzzzzz Get seroius for change. Don't post if U have nothin intelligent to add.

    Thank U

    May 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Ok, seriouly goooooooooooo awayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

      May 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Warp0

    What? YOU mean SPONGEBOB is NOT the CIA station chief? Bummer.

    May 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    I think Patty was trolled. Hmmmm.....

    May 9, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    CESAR what is wrong with you? Why are you so filled with racial hate? You sound like your in 7th grade. I'm sure you would NOT run your 7th grade mouth if there were anyone from Pakistan or an african american around! You wouldn't say a word! I'm positive this is the only place you can run your mouth! As a matter of fact Chaz Bono is more of a man than you can ever DREAM of being! I'm sure you might have something intelligent to offer the world, why don't you take some time and figure that out then rejoin us when you can act like an adult and speak like one as well! MARY~~

    May 10, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    Now that I've addressed Cesar,I must say I don't know what they should do about Pakistan. I don't know if that government knew about bin Laden being there or not. But who knows? Regardless, can we even hold them accountable if they did know he was there? Can we risk not keeping them close at hand so to speak? What could happen if they did help Osama? Would we really do anything? I don't know. We can't afford to indulge in yet another confrontation or war? Who poses the most threat to the U.S and the rest of the world? Pakistan, Afganistan? Iran? Iraq? North Korea scares me the most! MARY~~

    May 10, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Oh yeah, one more question, what is a troll? Thanks

    May 10, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
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