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Photos of missing reporter received in New York

January 27, 2002

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— The Wall Street Journal has received four photographs of its reporter missing in Pakistan, showing him with a gun pointed to his head, a newspaper spokesman said Sunday.

The photographs allege that the reporter, Daniel Pearl, is a spy with the CIA, said Steven Goldstein, a spokesman for Dow Jones & Co., the Journal's owner. He would not elaborate.

"He has no connection whatever with the government of the United States," Goldstein said.

An agency spokeswoman Anya Guilsher confirmed that Pearl doesn't work for the CIA.

Pearl, 38, the newspaper's South Asia bureau chief, has been missing since Wednesday.

A reporter at The Wall Street Journal came upon the photos, which were contained in an e-mail, early Sunday, Goldstein said. The photographs appear to be legitimate but will not be distributed, he said.

The pictures were in an e-mail headed "New York Times and Washington Post," but it was unclear whether the images were received by the two news organizations. Calls to the newspapers were not immediately returned. It was unclear whether other news organizations received the images.

Pearl, who has been based in Bombay, India, for two years, joined the newspaper in November 1990. He has not been heard from since he left to interview an "important source" near the city of Karachi when he disappeared, Goldstein said.

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