WASHINGTON - A secret cable sent by US Embassy in Islamabad to the State Department in 2009 accuses Pakistans military and intelligence service of harassing the embassy employees, sabotaging contracts and denying the purchase of protective gear, The Washington Times reported. The military and intelligence establishment has taken steps since spring 2009 to hamper the operations of the embassy, the cable states. Some of these problems have recently abated in response to our repeatedly raising them with the highest levels of the Pakistani government. However, we expect we will have to continue to push back against such impediments for the foreseeable future. The cable, publicised by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, lists some of Pakistans assaults on the embassy: Holding up the issuance of the visas needed for new embassy staff to enter Pakistan. Denying import permits for the embassy to buy armoured vehicles to protect staff. Sabotaging a contract with the US firm DynCorp to protect the US personnel at the consulate in Peshawar, near the Afghan border. Delaying US shipments of gear to help Pakistani law enforcement. Harassing embassy personnel by stopping and detaining their vehicles. Refusing to let the US acquire land for embassy expansion. The cable says the staff repeatedly has complained about harassment to the highest levels of Pakistani government, with little positive response. Asked by the newspaper to comment on the cable, a State Department official told The Washington Times that the situation had improved recently. Without commenting on any cable, we have had many high-level discussions with the Pakistani government regarding visas for additional personnel for our missions in Pakistan, given expanding programme and security requirements. There has been some improvement in recent months, the official was quoted as saying. According to The Washington Times, the Pakistani militarys motive for hamstringing the US Embassy is twofold. First, it thinks Washington wants to dismantle Pakistans nuclear arsenal and thinks it has favoured regional rival India when it approved a civilian nuclear-cooperation agreement. Second, it suspects the State Department is trying to determine Pakistans national security policies by dealing with civilian leaders only. Frank Gaffney, a former Pentagon assistant secretary who now directs the Centre for Security Policy, told the newspaper the cable represents more evidence of Pakistan undercutting the US war on terrorism. Its just the latest evidence that Pakistan has played a double game with the United States, Gaffney was quoted as saying. Its very willing to take on billions and billions and billions of dollars in aid for military programmes and other assistance. Its very willing to share in the technology were willing to transfer to them, particularly military intelligence capabilities, he said. But its reliability in defeating our enemies, particularly in Pakistan - to say nothing of across the border in Afghanistan - has always been a 'sometimes thing. He said Pakistan putting US diplomats at risk is further grounds for very real concern about whether we can consider them a partner for our mutual security going forward. Since 2002, the US has given Pakistan more than $18 billion in economic and military aid, the paper said, citing the Congressional Research Service. And yet, the cable concludes, the US has not been able to build up the Pakistani government into a strong partner that can effectively aid America in the war on terrorism. More WikiLeaks stories on Page 8