CIA Recalls Pakistan Station Chief After His Name Becomes Public


In an unusual move that complicates the US fight against al-Qaeda, officials said that blowing his cover had led to ""serious concerns for his safety"" and made his position untenable.

His name has been published by local media covering the legal case, which was brought by a Pakistani lawyer. Demonstrators in the heart of the capital, Islamabad, have carried placards bearing the officer's name and urging him to leave the country.

CIA air strikes from unmanned Predator drones have successfully targeted terrorist leaders but have led to accusations in Pakistan that they also claim the lives of many innocent people. Washington does not acknowledge the missile strikes, but there have been more than 100 such attacks this year according to media reports in Pakistan – more than double the amount in 2009.