The American being held in a prison in Lahore after shooting two Pakistani gunmen last month, was working for the CIA, two U.S. officials told Fox News on Monday as they raised concern that the life of Raymond A. Davis is in danger in the Lahore prison where he is being held.
Davis was providing personal security detail to U.S. officials working at the consulate in Lahore and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad when he shot down two men he claimed were trying to rob him.
Davis is also a former Special Operations officer who had worked in the past for military contractor Blackwater, now known as Xe.
According to The New York Times, which was first to break the story, Davis was part of a covert, team of operatives conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country. He carried out scouting and other reconnaissance missions for a CIA task force of case officers and technical surveillance experts.
But a senior U.S. official told Fox News that Davis "was not an al Qaeda chaser."
"On Jan. 27 at the time of his shooting he was not working for Blackwater. He was simply providing protective security for U.S. embassy officials. ... This was a robbery gone awry."
Davis is now being held in a prison with 4,000 mostly Islamic militants. His interrogation tape by Pakistani police was released by Pakistani officials and can be found on YouTube.
Sniffer dogs are testing his food for poison each day because some Pakistani officials have also accused him of blasphemy against Islam and the Prophet Mohammad -- a charge that carries with it the death penalty in Pakistan .
U.S. officials say that he is entitled to full diplomatic immunity. Guards at the prison have had their weapons removed for fear that one will take it upon themselves to shoot and kill Davis. He is in a very precarious situation according to U.S. officials and they demand his immediate release.
Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). She joined FNC in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent. Her first years as a journalist were spent in South Africa.