Saturday, February 26, 2011
Well, another “US National” arrested in Pakistan for alleged Espionage
To add to the already strained relations between the USA and Pakistan.
The US National, Aaron Mark Dehaven, originally from West Virginia.
He apparently is a recent convert to “Islam” and owns a “Company” called
“CATALYST SERVICES” Which looks incredibly Suss.
The typical corporate weasel word type of wanky websites that these “companies” seem to all have.
Here is an article from the Times of India,
Pak arrests another US national on Suspicion of espionage
ISLAMABAD: As the lingering dispute over immunity for the detained CIA official Raymond Davis continues, Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies have arrested yet another US national on Friday from Peshawar on suspicion of espionage.
According to sources,
He was arrested from Jamrud Road and was taken by intelligenc agencies to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Well-placed sources told TOI that Dehaven had been living, for the past three years, in Peshawar’s Falcon Colony, one of the most secured residential areas in the city. He had set up a private office in the country’s volatile city and had hired several locals.
Sometimes back, he was converted to Islam and married a local woman working in his office.
Sources claimed that Dehaven was originally tasked to provide security to the visiting US officials to Peshawar.
Intelligence officials have confiscated his vehicle, carrying Islamabad’s number plate—QB 565 and two cell phones.
A case has been filed against him under the Foreigners Act and he will be produced in a local court on Saturday. Without specifying his status, the US embassy said they were looking into the matter.
According to Pakistan’s minister of state for foreign affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, 2,570 officials from 78 different countries working in Pakistan have diplomatic immunity while 55 foreign national are not covered by the immunity blanket.
Presenting a list of foreign nationals enjoying diplomatic immunity in the National Assembly, she said that the US has 851 officials in Pakistan and 54 of them do not have diplomatic immunity. Khar also said that the US had the largest number of officials with diplomatic immunity in the country. end snip
More information on this, MUCH more in depth can be found at
And here is a Snipet from that article:
“DeHaven runs a company named Catalyst Services which, according to its website, is staffed by retired military and defense department personnel who have “played some role in major world events” including the collapse of the Soviet Union, the military mission to Somalia and the “global war on terror”.
Services offered include “full-service secure residences”, protective surveillance and armed security.
One prospective customer who met DeHaven last year described him as a small, slightly-built man, who wore glasses and had broad knowledge of Pakistani politics.
DeHaven said he had lived in Kandahar, Afghanistan, for one year, had married a Pakistani woman along the border with Afghanistan, and spoke Pashto fluently.He said he moved his base from Peshawar to Islamabad last year over suspicions that he worked for Blackwater, the controversial US military contracting firm.
His business partner is listed on company documents as Hunter Obrikat with an address in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Guardian was unable to contact either men at listed numbers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, the US and Dubai.
US embassy spokeswoman Courtney Beale said DeHaven was “not a direct employee of the US government” but added that details could not be confirmed until a consular officer had met him.
The arrest is another sign of brittle relations between the two countries.
So Where is this all leading, perhaps more riots and protests like in neighbouring countries?
Maybe even “revolution”?
Please see Below link.
Imran Khan, of Cricket fame, said in a report
“This is not an ordinary situation,” Khan told the Time. “If he (Davis) is returned to the US under diplomatic immunity, it might trigger the revolution off.”
And mentioned that “Pakistan is RIPE for it”
And so it goes. Deeper and Deeper.
We need to keep our eyes on this one.
Anyway, I thought I’d put up a post about this as it’s all connected as we can see.
So much for a day off blogging.