CIA spying under USAID in Pakistan?
April 30, 2011
Amid heightened tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau has expressed concern that the CIA has intensified its covert operations in the country under the disguise of USAID, the official U.S. government aid agency.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has unofficially conveyed its apprehensions to some leading security agencies of the country that certain USAID officials, apparently monitoring and executing development work in the tribal areas and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, are spying for the CIA.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriquez, however, when contacted said that he has neither heard any such thing nor it is possible that the USAID officials are involved in any kind of espionage. Alberto insisted that there was no basis for such allegations.
Without the involvement of the Government of Pakistan, USAID is directly executing through its choice NGOs including American organizations a number of schemes and projects in the tribal areas and in the KPK province.