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Thursday
Jul072011

US Official: Pakistani Government 'Sanctioned' Journalist's Murder

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen said Thursday the Pakistani government "sanctioned" the killing of a critical Pakistani investigative journalist, becoming the first high-ranking official to make the public allegation.

The tortured body of Syed Saleem Shahzad was discovered in late May, days after he published an exclusive report which suggested al Qaeda had infiltrated the Pakistani navy. Months before, Shahzad had told colleagues and a Human Rights Watch researcher that he felt personally threatened by the Pakistani intelligence service, the ISI.

The New York Times reported earlier this week the Obama administration had seen intelligence that directly linked the agency to the murder.

Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Thursday, "I have not seen anything to disabuse that the government knew about it. [But] I cannot, I would not be able to walk in and say, here's the string of evidence I have to confirm it."

Mullen said he could not confirm the ISI in particular had anything to do with the killing, but he was "hugely concerned" about the death.

At the time of Shahzad's death, Pakistan's Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, visited his home to offer condolences and told reporters there it was possible the journalist was killed over a personal matter.

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