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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

 

"Blood Money" - A Bribe By Any Other Name




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The Power of Money  

Back room negotiations about CIA employee Raymond Allen Davis resulted in his release by Pakistani Authorities. Reportedly, $2.34 million was the price. Described as "blood money", it was a pittance compared to the money spent to keep Pakistan on our side. No one will know how much was paid to Pakistani officials to grease the skids. The mullahs and their followers will scream. But perhaps they,too, got their share.



Babar Dogar, Associated Press

LAHORE, Pakistan — A CIA contractor who shot and killed two Pakistani men was freed from prison on Wednesday after the United States paid $2.34 million in "blood money" to the victims' families, Pakistani officials said, defusing a dispute that had strained ties between Washington and Islamabad.

In what appeared to be carefully choreographed end to the diplomatic crisis, the U.S. Embassy said the Justice Department had opened an investigation into the killings on Jan. 27 by Raymond Allen Davis. It thanked the families for "their generosity" in pardoning Davis, but did not mention any money changing hands.



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