NEW YORK: Former United States special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Robin L. Raphel has been cleared of spying charges and the US Department of Justice has decided to file no charges as investigation into charges against her has ended, said NY Times in a report.
Raphel was accused of passing on American secret information to Pakistani government in 2014, when one of Pakistan’s top officials was caught as saying “Pakistani government receives crucial information of United States from Ms Rapel,” in an intercepted communication.
The revelation resulted in month’s long secret surveillance of Robin Raphel, including a raid of personnel of Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) on her residence. She was also interviewed by intelligence officials for a number of times; however Ms Raphel categorically dismissed the accusations.
Now after around two years of investigation, the US authorities have decided to give up the case against Robin Raphel upon failure to find any further evidence against her.
Robin Raphel’s legal counsel Amy Jeffress said that investigation against her client was based on a misunderstanding and there was no evidence to prove the charge. The lawyer sharply critised the US agencies, adding that diplomats should be allowed to work without fearing that their routine communications can lead to such interrogations.