Clinton welcomes release of CIA contractor

AP News
Posted: Mar 16, 2011 1:34 PM
Clinton welcomes release of CIA contractor

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is thanking Pakistan and the families of two men shot by a CIA contractor for allowing the American to go free Wednesday.

Clinton told reporters that the families of the dead men "pardoned" CIA security contractor Raymond Davis and that Davis has left Pakistan. He was arrested there after he killed the pair he said had tried to rob him.

Clinton called the men "victims" of the Jan. 27 incident. She said the U.S. did not pay to win Davis' release, but she didn't dispute that the men's families were compensated. The amount and source of money paid to the families is not yet completely clear.

Clinton was speaking in Cairo.