HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4) – The wife of the American CIA contractor freed from prison in Pakistan after the killings of two Pakistani men sounded remarkably calm on Wednesday considering the predicament her husband was in.
“I don’t know how I’m supposed to act, I just know I trust my husband, my government,” said Rebecca Davis.
Davis, of Highlands Ranch, told CBS4 she “trusted the training” her husband Raymond Davis has and knew he would be okay all along.
Davis says he was acting in self defense when he killed the men on Jan. 27 in northwest Pakistan. He was released on Wednesday after more than $2 million in “blood money” was paid to his victims’ families, defusing a dispute that threatened an alliance vital to defeating al Qaeda and ending the Afghan war. (Full Story on CBSNews.com)
In the days after the incident first made headlines, Davis said she knew Raymond would be back safe in America at some point, but she wasn’t sure when it would be.
“I knew it was self defense. My husband is not a killer. He’s not a Rambo like the L.A. Times said. He’s nothing like what everybody portrayed him to be. He’s very cool headed, even tempered, highly trained. I knew that he did what he had to do because he had to do it. It was either kill or be killed. And I’m sure he was thinking during that split second ‘I’m not going to die today. This is not my turn.'”
She said she spoke to her husband while he was detained and he said being in prison there was something he “wouldn’t wish on his worst enemy.” To keep himself calm over the past few weeks she said Raymond played cribbage and did origami.
Davis said they have a 2-year-old son in Highlands Ranch, and that she understood when she married him that this was his line of work.
Davis said her husband could be back in Colorado as early as next week, but that the timing will depend on how long the debriefing process will take back in the country. She also said she expects he’ll be back on the job soon.
“He’s all about his country, so I’m sure he’ll be getting back involved when he wants or is able to.”
Davis said there was one thing that helped her get through the ordeal, her time in the military. She met her husband when both were stationed at Fort Bragg.