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Western Media Blackout on Alleged Name of CIA Chief of Station

If you live outside the United States, you probably heard that leaders of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf, a political party led by the former cricket star Imran Khan, named CIA Director John Brennan and Craig Osth (alleged to be the CIA Chief in Pakistan) in order to ratchet up pressure on the United States to end drone strikes. But, if you are relying on the US media to get the story, you will likely be swathed in ignorance.

The media refuses to report the story straight up. The media is deciding for you, for the most part, what you can and cannot know. Every single US outlet refused to publish the name of Osth, as far as I can determine. Let me state for the record that I do not know a Craig Osth nor do I have any idea whether he is or is not the CIA’s guy in charge in Pakistan. But for the Associate Press and others to pretend that the name was not specifically identified is crazy. The name is out there now. There is no way to unring the bell. The damage is done. Want proof? Check out the Cryptocomb posting on Peters.

Here’s the letter that ignited the latest flap between Washington and Islamabad:


Subject: Recording of Statement of the undersigned for nominating the accused persons responsible for Hangu drone strike on November 21, 2013


I, the undersigned would like to record my statement on behalf of my party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf as its Central Information Secretary wherein I would like to nominate the accused persons behind the drone strike that occurred on 21-11-2013 in the vicinity of your police station and within the sovereign territory of Pakistan, and against which you have already filed an FIR No. 555 dated 21.11.2013 against unknown individuals. It is through this statement that I would like to nominate the U.S clandestine agency CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) Station Chief in Islamabad, namely Craig Osth and CIA Director John O. Brennan for committing the gross offences of committing murder and waging war against Pakistan as indicated in the FIR lodged in your police station.

It has further come to my knowledge that Craig Osth is running an illegal clandestine spying operation throughout Pakistan but specifically in KP and annexed Tribal Areas, wherein Craig Osth and his allies (names not known yet) throw a GPS (Global Positioning System) device at a targeted house/car and the Drone (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), which is remotely controlled from undisclosed location, strikes at the target. In the instant case it was Craig Osth and his clandestine network which threw a GPS device on behest of the accused at the Madressah in Tal and further ordered/conspired the missile strike, which killed and injured a large number of those present including children. It is pertinent to mention here that the Honorable Peshawar High Court has already declared such drone strikes illegal and violation of Pakistani and International laws vide its judgment dated 09-11-13 titled Foundation for Fundamental Rights Vs Federation of Pakistan.

It is further stated that the names of the remote pilot of said drone and other involved is not known at the moment but can be ascertained through interrogation of Craig Osth, and/or the undersigned tends to inform the police on knowledge of the same.

Craig Osth is currently residing and operating from the United States Embassy situated in Diplomatic Enclave in Islamabad, which is a clear violation of diplomatic norms and laws as a foreign mission cannot be used for any criminal activity within a sovereign state. CIA Station Chief is not a diplomatic post therefore he does not enjoy any diplomatic immunity and is within the bounds of domestic laws of Pakistan. It is a fact that the nominated accused Craig Osth is not a Pakistani citizen, but under Pakistan Penal Code he is clearly subject to the jurisdiction of Pakistan. Under Section 3 of Pakistan Penal Code it is clearly stated that:

“ Any person liable, by any Pakistan Law, to be tried for an offence committed beyond Pakistan shall be dealt with according to the provision of this Code for any act committed beyond Pakistan in the same manner as if such act had been committed within Pakistan.”

Furthermore, Section 2 of Pakistan Penal Code states:

“Every person shall be liable to punishment under this Code and not otherwise for every act or omission contrary to the provisions thereof, of which he shall be
guilty within Pakistan”

“Every person” has been explained by the superior courts to include all persons without limitation and irrespective of nationality, allegiance, rank, status, caste, colour or creed [PLD 1958 SC (Ind.) 115]. The undersigned believes that Craig Osth is guilty of committing an offence u/s 302, 319, 109, 121 PPC and/or u/s 7 ATA or any other penal clause which might be attracted. The undersigned is further concerned that the accused Craig Osth might try to avoid the course of law and run away from the country, therefore it is requested that Ministry of Interior be contacted to put his name on ECL (Exit Control List).

It is further stated that the undersigned will name others who were involved in the drone strike that occurred on 21.11.2013 in Tal, on any further information. In light of the above, it is requested that you may kindly add names of Craig Osth and John O. Brennan in the list of accused persons in the FIR registered on 21.11.2013.

If there is in fact a Craig Osth at the US Embassy in Pakistan, his career, regardless of who he is working for, is over. Before the internet era, such exposure was manageable. Not now. The information spreads around the world instantly. The Cryptocomb link about illustrates how much the internet destroys any illusion of privacy. Worse, this kind of info empowers counter-intelligence efforts of our adversaries. The claim advanced in the Tehreek-e-Insaf letter can be used to work backwards to identify foreigners who may have had a relationship with Mr. Osth.

But the real issue is not the exposure of someone alleged to be a CIA officer. Rather it is the growing discontent among some in Pakistan opposed to the drone program. The United States’ drone program has been carried out with the tacit approval of Pakistani leaders. It does serve the interests of Pakistan as well because the militants targeted and killed in these strikes are responsible for terrorist attacks on Pakistani citizens as well.

UPDATE–I want to be sure that you understand where I am coming from on this issue. First, the identities of CIA officers who are undercover must be protected. Period. With respect to the individual named in the letter by the Pakistani party, I do not know one way or another if he is or is not affiliated with the CIA. I am simply reporting to you the news that is out there. Second, I do not like or endorse the Cryptocomb effort to fully out people, like Mr. Osth. If it turns out that he was not working for the CIA then he has been smeared in a way and cannot recover his good name. Alternatively, if he is working for the CIA then the publication of things like address and relatives is crossing a line. It potentially puts him and, if he has one, his family at risk.

However, I’m also troubled by the media’s willingness to pretend that the news created from the letter, which was publicly released in Pakistan and spread around the world, is somehow a deep dark secret. Just report the info straight up. Acting as if the name of Osth had not be released is foolish. Just report the news–i.e., the Pakistani group claims that Osth is a CIA officer. It is a shame that the CIA did not deny this charge. What happened to the old concept, “Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter accusations?”


    need financial experts on this one

    possible money grab by government


    US waves Iran into another UN disarmament post

    I guess this is what happens when you have an Iranian born shadow president of the US


    per one of the backtrack bunch

    obamacare may take until 2017, it will really work well then

    I might win the publisher clearing house prize by then too,

    AHH the backtrack hope and change is something else


    what are the chances of this escalating between China and Japan.

    I did not realize that the islands were so close of a large oil field

  • HARP2

    If they had only known.

    • Deapster

      Presently reading 1776, and John Adams both by David MacCullogh revisiting all the minute events of those formative years – they did consider that a Effing Idiot could be elected and that mobs were essentially dangerous who could easily elect an Effing Idiot.

      Consequently, as it is good to be reminded repeatedly, that the Founders intentionally created a republic and not a democracy, and built in plenty of checks and balances.

      Because they were rebelling against the tyrannical practices of Good King George with their own lives on the line, they wanted to be sure there was protection against any other later day Effing Idiot usurping the powers granted to the people, known or unknown.

      So when we have a current Effing Idiot running rough shod over both fundamental principles 200 plus years later, he is in impeachable violation of our governing documents.


    Under backtrack

    obamacare (affordable care act) which is not affordable

    Iran deal which is not such a deal yet

    strange times… he has changed the english language

  • S7teen70six

    Totally OT…..

    I watched Obama sycophant Neera Tanden on Fox Sunday and saw first hand how exactly the Obama Administration and their media cohorts plan on explaining away the deficiencies of Obamacare.

    1) Emphasize the positives that will occur sometime in the future. In other words, positives that don’t exist.

    2) Downplay the problems that do exist. And are blatantly obvious.

    3) Attack and criticize the shortcomings of anyone that does criticize Obamacare. Making spurious statements that one’s opponent has no time to refute. And when one’s opponent does begin to refute your unfounded accusations continuously interrupt and divert attention away from those facts.

    It was also obvious that when asked questions Tanden began every response with: So……..

    Using the word “so” at the beginning of a sentence signals that one is telling a tale, a story or a complete fabrication. Take your pick. It is not answering direct questions. Not to mention that it is annoying as hell.

    • HARP2

      She didn`t do the dems any good at all.

  • Deapster

    Exposed in the NYT long, fawning article on Obamacare: The White House Obot Factory – and we pay their salaries:

    “Inside the West Wing, where junior researchers monitor Twitter and other social media, officials knew the political controversy had moved beyond the broken website. Now it was about a broken promise. But for Mr. Obama, the mounting criticism was more than political. It felt personal.”

  • Deapster

    Quiz time: Quoted in the NYT article re: Obamacare disastrous roll-out:

    “If we don’t do that,” one senior White House adviser recalled, “it’s a very serious threat to the success of the legislation and a very serious threat to him. We get that.”

    1. Which “senior White House adviser” could have made the following statement, reported in the NYT article about the disastrous Obamacare roll-out.

    2. Who is the “him” this senior White House advisor is referring to?

    3. Why is Him of equal importance to the millions of Americans also impacted the disastrous Obamacare roll-out?

    Bonus question:

    What discussions took place between this senior White House advisor, Him and the FLOTUS Princeton chum whose company was responsible for the Obamacare website?

  • Deapster

    OT: Facebook has only 20 million lines of code and handles millions of users per day.

    Software engineer critiques the alleged 500 million lines of code claimed for Obamacare.

    Even a million non-union monkeys apparently could not put out 500 million lines of code within the Obamacare time frame.

  • Deapster

    OT: here is a story begging to hear the other side. 3,300 warheads found in Jamaica, mon.

    • HARP2

      Don`t worry…be happy.

      • foxyladi14


  • ME

    Thanks, Larry. I’m really concerned about censorship here at home, the TV media obviously, but also the internet. There are people in Gov who honestly believe they should have the moral authority to regulate what websites we can and can not view, simply for political reasons. That’s so anti-American it makes me want to scream. The other issue is that our Gov, those writing legislation, are pretty much morons when it comes to understanding how the internet works. That must be a nightmare for the intelligence community, but it’s also scary for the rest of us, because now we’ve got no way to really know who is running our Gov or to hold our elected reps accountable for our Gov’s policies. It doesn’t take much imagination to realize that it would be very easy to go rogue so to speak, and start manipulating political candidates, controlling voters, or silencing any opposition. That’s something that has been tried before, John Lennon, MLK, Lucille Ball, all got unwanted attention and attempted silencing because of their political views. What scares me today is how darn easy it would be and how very effective, not just by our own side, but by others, by bad guys who wish to influence our politics and policies. Because there is no respect for our privacy on the internet, we are all now completely helpless.


    now problems arising between China and Japan and USA has a treaty with Japan

    seems to be flareups all over the place.
    a response to a weak president?


    another drone strike in Afghanistan gives karzai and excuse not to sign agreement


    this is one news site that has newpapers, blogs and all kinds of places from all over the world to get information


    FOX is reporting on this now

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Whenever I read or hear about our drone program, I can’t help but think of Bill Maher saying that he thought that a black POTUS should be a bad boy running around with a gun stuck in his belt. Well, Bill, Obama certainly upstaged you on that in (if you’ll pardon the expression) spades. We have a President killing remotely around the globe from the Oval Office via unmanned aircraft. Guns stuck in belts is so old school.

    • KlugerRD

      I have this image of Obama, siting in front of a video screen and playing with a joy stick like it’s a game of kill the bad guys.

    • S7teen70six

      Here is Shaft Obama running around with his gun. The same one he personally killed OBL with. He’s a bad mother……..

    • Shelly Cain

      What happened to the outrage about said drones? They were killing machines. Now? They’re cool.


    sadly in today’s American so-called (journalism) only good things about the backtrack bunch are allowed to be printed.
    once in a while when there is no other choice and it can not be covered up they will print something a little bit negative.
    With the internet going to foreign papers gives a lot more information about what is going on in the world and they are not always friendly to America so you have to take some things with a grain of salt. Remember the old days of a free press, don’t wish they were back and today’s stenos were real journalists

    • elizabethrc

      Is it possible the media are reaching a limb too far out and it’s about to break? I understand MSNBC and CNN have lost 50% of their viewership. Is this a trend? Will the press make a connection? Doubtful.

    • ME

      I do wish we were back in the olden days of a free press and yet in some ways I can’t even blame the crappy US media for dropping the ball and lacking the courage to stand up. They will be retaliated against if they do. I know some people disagree, but it’s just atrocious that whistleblowers like Snowden have to flee the country these days. I’m all for protecting our own who are out in the field by with holding a news story out of respect for their safety, temporarily, but actually prosecuting people who reveal info that the American people are entitled to? That’s totalitarianism.

      • S7teen70six

        A totalitarianism that is shared between the political parties.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Most of what passes as journalism these days is to real journalism what a Twinkie is to nutrition.

      • S7teen70six

        And it has the same shelf life, unfortunately.


    Larry what can you find out about this
    direct flights from Iran to USA with Iran controlling what is in the cargo

    • foxyladi14

      I am leery about that Helen.

  • Deapster

    BTW: Cricket hunk Imran Kahn was formerly married to the very lovely Jemina Goldsmith no media slouch herself and daughter of media mogul Sr James Goldsmith, so one assumes he does not know how to best handle the media. At least on the continent.

  • KenoshaMarge

    If the information is out there, and it’s evident it is, what is the purpose of the U.S. media keeping us in the dark? As you say, you cannot unring a bell.

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      I don’t think that their motives are altruistic. As ridiculous as it may be in this day and age, it is still against the law for a US news entity to reveal the name of a CIA officer who is assigned overseas under cover. Their lawyers are probably saying no.

      • KenoshaMarge

        Thanks for the explantion. It just seemed so odd to me. And not to worry, I would never think media was being altruistic.

        • KenoshaMarge

          Actually to expand on that thought – I think of most media today as we all used to think of TASS back in the cold war days. Simply a mouthpiece for the government.

          That is simply unacceptable in a free society.

          Yet many Americans think that is fine so long as media parrots their “side” of things. It makes me ashamed.

          • S7teen70six

            When the media organizations realized they could make more money telling people what they want to hear journalism permanently went into the ICU.

            • KenoshaMarge

              But in places like CNN and MSNBC, where they tell the left what they want to hear – their ratings are abysmal.

              Unbundle cable and those two channels would sink like rocks.

              The two biggest liberal newspapers, the NYT and Washington Post are hardly successful. Post had to be sold and NYT is still sinking.

              If this is the new business pardigm it’s a pretty bad one.

              • S7teen70six

                Point well made.

      • Popsmoke

        Its public domain now….

      • Popsmoke

        Besides they only out sanctioned NOCs…. Like Val… This a good story that has been reported abroad where it really matters and is most dangerous. The US Fourth Estate has become the Controlled Estate….