WASHINGTON--An American man arrested for shooting two armed men in Pakistan was working for the CIA at the time of the shootings, according to the Associated Press.
American government officials told the New York Times that Raymond Allan Davis, 36, a former Special Forces soldier, was working as a security officer for the CIA in Lahore.
The U.S. asserted that Davis has diplomatic immunity for what he described as an attempted armed robbery, said the Associated Press.
U.S. newspapers withheld information about Davis' employment at the request of the Obama administration so as not to interfere with Davis' safety, according to the New York Times.
The New York Times reported that the CIA has been taking a greater role in Pakistan because the United States is not at war with the country, therefore limiting U.S. military operations.