The Envoy
  • Dr. Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council. (KAC)The FBI on Tuesday morning arrested a Fairfax, Va., man charged with acting as an unregistered, paid agent of the Pakistani intelligence services for twenty years.

    Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, a U.S. citizen, "is accused of a decades-long scheme with one purpose--to hide Pakistan's involvement behind his efforts to influence the U.S. government's position on Kashmir," said Neil MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in an FBI press release.

    Fai serves as director of the Washington, D.C.-based Kashmiri American Council (KAC). The outfit, founded in 1990, describes itself as a "not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of knowledge in the United States about the struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination."

    But a 45-page affidavit released by the Justice Department Tuesday alleges that Fai was in almost constant touch with Pakistani intelligence handlers who arranged the funding and messaging for the group.

    The Kashmiri Action Council is "actually run by elements of the Pakistani government, including Pakistan's military intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI)," the FBI press release said. The money Fai's Pakistani handlers arranged to be funneled to the group was then used "to contribute to U.S. elected officials, fund high-profile conferences, and pay for other efforts that promoted the Kashmiri cause to decision-makers in Washington," MacBride said.

    Beginning in 2007, the FBI repeatedly warned Fai of information--obtained from confidential witnesses, electronic surveillance and physical searches --that his work was being  funded by the Pakistani government. The FBI also notified Fai in writing in 2010 of his obligation to register as an agent of the Pakistani government with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), according to the FBI.

    But Fai consistently denied "that either he or KAC had ever engaged in any activities for or provided any services to Pakistan or any foreign entity," the Justice Department said.

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  • U.S. explains Tunisia talks with Tripoli envoys

    Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman was one of three U.S. officials who met with Gadhafi envoys in Tunisia on Saturday. (Ahmad Omar/AP)The Libyan regime of Muammar Gadhafi was apparently seeking to embarrass the Obama administration when it announced Monday that it had been holding talks with U.S. officials.

    The talks took place in Tunisia Saturday, Libyan regime spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told reporters in Tripoli Monday.

    "This is a first step and we want to take further steps," Ibrahim explained as he issued a statement in Tripoli Monday, the AP reported. "We don't want to be stuck in the past; we want to move forward all the time," he added.

    American diplomats--some temporarily out of pocket because Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her entourage were flying from Greece to India Monday--later fired back with a backgrounder statement portraying the meeting very differently. The statement took issue with the Libyan regime's characterization of the negotiations as the beginning of a "dialogue" or a "U.S. channel." Instead, State officials made it clear that the meeting was simply a one-off affair, organized around one central message: Gadhafi has to go.

    U.S. officials "met with regime representatives to deliver a clear and firm message that the only way to move forward is for Gadhafi to step down," a State Department spokesperson told journalists Monday on background.

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  • Arnon Milchan poses between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the 2005 premiere of the film starring them which he produced, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." (Chris Pizzello/AP)The Hollywood producer of such films as "Pretty Woman," "Fight Club," and the flick that brought Brangelina together "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," also helped send nuclear trigger devices and other equipment to aid Israel's nuclear program, according to a new biography.

    Arnon Milchan, who was born in then-British mandate Palestine in 1944, worked in his family's Israeli chemicals business before starting a Hollywood production company, New Regency Films. In 2008, Milchan formed a joint venture, Shine Pictures, with Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of the currently embattled media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. In 2009, Forbes ranked Milchan #334 in its list of the world's billionaires.

    But for much of his life, Milchan has had a second clandestine career as an arms dealer assisting Israel's intelligence services, Yossi Melman reports today in the Israeli daily Haaretz:

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