A Washington D.C. businessman was arrested today for allegedly working as a spy for Pakistan’s spy agency, ISI. This is occurring at a time when both the U.S. and Pakistan have been viewing each other with increasing suspicion.
This begs the question, how many other countries currently have a spy working as a businessman in Washington, D.C.? And also, how often does the CIA turn a blind eye to foreign covert activities?
By Mike Levine
Federal authorities have arrested a Washington businessman for allegedly working on behalf of Pakistan’s spy agency, sources familiar with the case told Fox News.
Search warrants were executed earlier Tuesday at the suspect’s office in Washington, D.C., and at his home in suburban Virginia. It is believed that he has ties to the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, and was acting in the United States as an unregistered foreign agent, a federal crime in the United States.
The nature of the suspect’s business and interactions with the U.S. government is unclear, but it is believed he was trying to help the ISI. He is set to appear in court Tuesday afternoon in northern Virginia.
The case could further strain U.S.-Pakistan relations, which have been particularly rocky following the raid on Usama bin Laden’s compound in May.
In addition, some say parts of the ISI have been aiding a terror group active in the region, Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai, India, attacks. More recently, there has been speculation the group may have had a hand in last week’s bombings in Mumbai that left 21 dead.