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Weekend Series on Crime: The Gun Markets in Pakistan

Was CIA’s Top Operative in Pakistan Poisoned After Killing of Osama Bin Laden?

bin laden sun timesBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA suspected its top operative in Pakistan was poisoned two moths after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The Washington Post reports that Mark Kelton, who is now retired, became violently ill and was taken out of the country for treatment.

The health problems were so sudden that the CIA believed Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, known as ISI, poisoned Kelton.

It’s still unclear what happened to Kelton, 59.

“I’d rather let that whole sad episode lie,” he said. “I’m very, very proud of the people I worked with who did amazing things for their country at a very difficult time. When the true story is told, the country will be very proud of them.”

Other Stories of Interest

San Bernardino Attack Prompts Calls for Tougher Immigration Enforcement

San Bernardino, Calif., via Wikipedia.

San Bernardino, Calif., via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The woman who opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino was born in Pakistan and arrived in the United States last year on a special visa, The Los Angeles Times reports. 

Tashfeen Malik became a permanent resident last year after marrying Syed Rizwan Farook, who helped kill 14 people.

The attack has prompted calls for stricter immigration enforcement and a stop on the Syrian refugee program.

“New information coming to light regarding Tashfeen Malik’s citizenship reaffirms the fact that proper screening and vetting those coming into our country, whether with a visa or as a refugee, is not always possible,” said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates for stricter immigration laws.

Before voting on a bill that would fund the Syrian refugee program and other immigration initiatives, some Republicans are calling on the Obama administration to disclose the immigration histories of Malik, her husband and their families.

Pakistani Court Dismisses Criminal Case Against FBI Agent Who Tried to Board Flight with Bullets, Knife

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan for trying to board a flight with bullets and a knife in his luggage will not be charged after all, Reuters reports.

A Pakistani court dismissed the case Monday in a move likely intended to keep from souring U.S.-Pakistani ties.

Joel Cox, an FBI agent for the Miami Field Office, was arrested May 4 after trying to board a civilian flight with the knife and bullets. He was jailed for three days before being released on $10,000 bond.

“Since he was not carrying a weapon, only bullets were found from his luggage, the investigation report recommended the cancellation of the case,” Inspector Khalid Mehmood told Reuters.

FBI Agent Arrested in Pakistan Faces Formal Charges Soon for Trying to Bring Ammunition, Knife on Plane

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police are expected to file formal charges soon against the FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition and a knife onto a plane in Karachi.

The Associated Press reports that a judge on Saturday urged police to file the charges by May 19, the Associated Press reports.

FBI Agent Joel Cox of the Miami Field Office is expected to be back in court on that date. He is free of jail on a $9,800 bail.

Pakistani officials have said there appeared to be no criminal intent in trying to bring the ammunition and knife.

U.S. officials said Cox forgot to remove the weapons from his carry-on luggage.

Pakistan Temporarily Releases FBI Agent Caught Bordering Plane with Ammunition, Knives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Averting an escalating diplomatic spat, Pakistan freed an FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition, knives and electronic devices onto a plane in Karachi.

The Associated Press reports that Joel Cox, of the Miami Field Office, released on nearly $10,000 bail, just three days after he was arrested.

A Pakistani investigation found that Cox had no criminal intentions.

U.S. officials said Cox forgot to the equipment was in his luggage.

The investigation has been submitted to the court, where Cox faces charges of carrying unauthorized ammunition on a civilian flight.

FBI Agent Arrested in Pakistan for Trying to Board Flight with Ammunition, Knife Likely to Be Released on Bail

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition and a knife onto a plane in Karachi may be released from jail today on $10,000 bail, the Washington Post reports this morning.

The agent has been identified as Joel Cox, who works in the Miami Field Office.

News of his possible release comes a day after Pakistani officials said he would be jailed until at least Saturday while awaiting anti-terrorism charges.

The tone in Pakistan has changed.

“The government can challenge the bail but since the offense is not serious enough they might not challenge it,” a police officer said.
Instead of facing anti-terrorism charges, as first reported, Cox faces charges of carrying unauthorized ammunition on a civilian flight.
American officials confirmed that Cox was arrested after security found a knife and 15 9mm bullets in his luggage.

FBI Agent Arrested on Anti-Terrorism Charges in Pakistan After Ammunition Discovery

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent on temporary duty in Pakistan was arrested on anti-terrorism charges after authorities found ammunition in his luggage as he boarded a plane in Karachi, the Washington Post reports.

The agent is being held in jail until at least Saturday as Pakistani officials investigate the discovery Monday of 15 bullets and a magazine for a 9mm pistol in his bag, authorities there said.

The agent, who works in the Miami Field Office, was in court Tuesday on charges of violating local anti-terrorism laws that bar the possession of weapons or ammunition on a commercial flight.

U.S. officials confirmed the arrest but did not disclose his identity.

U.S. officials told the Post that the agent forgot to remove the ammunition and did not have a gun.