The media frenzy in Pakistan surrounding CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who shot and killed two men he said were attempting to rob him, is being orchestrated by the government, a U.S. official said.
The Pakistan government is, "playing a dangerous game with a innocent man's life - throwing diplomatic immunity out the window - and holding the US hostage," the official told The Washington Examiner.
News reports in Pakistan stated that Pakistan offered to trade Davis for jailed Pakistani neuroscientist and al Qaeda operative Aafia Siddiqui. She was considered a hero by many Pakistanis for standing up to the west, despite being a woman and graduate from MIT.
According to an ABC news report Monday, a top senior US official confirmed "that the Pakistanis have raised it" but that the administration would not "pursue it."
US and Pakistani officials have been in ongoing daily talks regarding Davis' situation and "there are a number of options that are being discussed," said another US Official.
As for Pakistan "there is no doubt that Davis is in the worst of situations and his continuous presence in the Pakistani media only makes it worse, as he is held out to the mobs who want to devour him," a Pakistani reporter told The Examiner.