Declassified US document suggests Pakistani link to attack on CIA agents

Published: April 15, 2016
US Marines carry a wounded comrade in Afghanistan PHOTO: REUTERS

US Marines carry a wounded comrade in Afghanistan PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: A Pakistani intelligence officer paid $200,000 to an extremist network to facilitate a deadly suicide bomb attack on CIA operatives at a base in Afghanistan in 2009, according to a declassified US government document obtained by an independent research group.

The heavily redacted document obtained by the National Security Archive, a nongovernmental research institute at George Washington University, suggests that Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, and the Haqqani network were involved in facilitating the attack.

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The December 30, 2009 attack on Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost in eastern Afghanistan, carried out by a Jordanian doctor who was working as a double agent for al Qaeda and the Taliban, was one of the most devastating in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency, killing seven and wounding six.

The document, dated February 2010, said an unidentified Pakistani ISI officer provided $200,000 to Haqqani and another man “to enable the attack on Chapman.” An Afghan border commander in Khost was promised $100,000 of the money to facilitate the attack but died in the bombing, it said.

A spokesperson for Pakistan’s embassy in Washington did not have any immediate comment.

Because the document is heavily censored, it is not clear whether it represents an intelligence agency consensus or fragmentary reporting. One line, which has been crossed out, says: “This is an information report, not finally evaluated intelligence.”

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The document is almost entirely redacted – except for two passages discussing the ISI’s alleged involvement in the attack at Forward Operating Base Chapman.

The United States in 2012 designated the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a terrorist organisation. The year before, US Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, then the top US military officer, caused a stir when he told Congress that the Haqqani network was a “veritable arm” of the ISI.

The declassified US government document can be found here.

The National Security Archive, which works to challenge government secrecy, obtained the document under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Lauren Harper, who reported on the documents for the organization, said the initial FOIA request had gone to the US State Department. The State Department forwarded the request to the Defense Intelligence Agency, which released the redacted papers.

Pakistan dismisses claims

Meanwhile, the foreign office termed allegations of Pakistan’s involvement with the Haqqani network as preposterous, saying the country itself was the biggest victim of terrorism.

Pakistan was shocked and saddened when American lives were lost at the Chapman facility in 2009 in an attack later claimed by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a statement said on Friday.

In the video, the suicide bomber was featured with the leader of the banned terrorist outfit, it added.

The statement highlighted that the country had lost over 5,000 personnel of law enforcement agencies in the war on terror and suffered economic losses to the tune of 100 billion dollars.

The foreign office reiterated that Pakistan is determined to eradicate the scourge of terrorism and had taken action against all terrorist elements without discrimination.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Sid
    Apr 15, 2016 - 10:27AM

    Surprise! Surprise!Recommend

  • Gemini
    Apr 15, 2016 - 10:37AM

    Good work, this is called tit for tat you do bad things at our back we’ll do the same.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Apr 15, 2016 - 10:37AM

    This is called biting the hands that feeds you!No wonder why Pakistanis are ridiculed everywhere!OBL episode is also a classic example of back stabbing.Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Apr 15, 2016 - 11:39AM

    Government keeps in dark its people, but the fact is opposite to it.Recommend

  • Mohammed Wani
    Apr 15, 2016 - 2:53PM

    No wonder nobody believes us even if we are speaking the truth. Recommend

  • nasser
    Apr 15, 2016 - 4:03PM

    @Mohammed Wani:
    It’s obviously a doctored document otherwise your country would have faced the wrath of US at the moment such document was prepared. US and it’s agencies are excellent exponents in forgery …why do you forget tons of documentary proof of existence of WMDs in Iraq? But you Pakistanis and ofcourse we Indians have a habit of accepting blindly whatever US has to say. Your comment displays the mentality of slavery which must be shunned for greater goods of of our countries. Recommend

  • ali
    Apr 15, 2016 - 6:00PM

    Not surprised. And no, this is not doctored. What is doctored is the narrative shoved down our throat. And we are facing the wrath. At one point ‘Af-Pak’ was the talk of the town in Washington. Now nobody cares. Nobody. We have messed up our own past, present and future. Funny enough our security establishment (the boys) have not really changed their approach.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 15, 2016 - 7:04PM

    That’s the reason ISI is called world number one spy agency. US have a taste of your own medicine. By the way, I also believe the fact the document is doctored and doesn’t have any reality. Pakistan is in much stronger state with china being best friend.Recommend

  • ali
    Apr 15, 2016 - 7:29PM

    Also, how many ministers/security ministers/intelligence officers have resigned due to lapses in security? Today, the Belgium minister resigned because she is being blamed for the security lapses that led to attacks that took place in Belgium. That’s called accountability. How many of our generals or security officials have resigned? 50’000 people died, yet not one person resigned.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Apr 15, 2016 - 7:37PM

    In international affairs there is no such thing as eternal friends or enemies, even so called friend Israel has spied on US and even attacked US ship during Arab and Israel conflict. What do you think what US is doing in Afghanistan, Iraq, middle east and south America. Every country is looking out for their self interest, so I am not surprised that ISI is looking after Pakistan’s interest what ever that might be in their back yards. US gives economic and military aid to other developing countries not as a charity but it is in their self interest, they want to control their internal and external policies, look around the world, what is happening to these aid recipient countries. And to those Pakistani haters in India,they should know that no one is feeding any one for nothing , they have agendas of their own. What India is doing in Afghanistan is not because they love Afghans but it is in their interest to try to corral Pakistan if they could, it is simple as that. Recommend

  • Girish
    Apr 15, 2016 - 7:47PM

    OK. Let’s hear the corus all over again.
    This is a conspiracy by the CIA, RAW & MOSSAD to defame Pakistan the innocent victim of all time..Recommend

  • Girish
    Apr 15, 2016 - 7:57PM

    About 30 years ago during the ‘Afghan Jihad’ the Amriki were Pakis bestest friends. Today Chini are your bestest friends. Will surely be some other country 30 years from today. Simply because Pakistan cannot be faithful to one partner. It needs to keep changing them.Recommend

  • goldconsumer
    Apr 15, 2016 - 8:10PM

    An unknown document, suggesting unknown person paid money to an unknown haqqani guy..

  • vinsin
    Apr 15, 2016 - 8:52PM

    WMDs in Iraq made by German Agencies. That was not the reason for war anyway.Recommend

  • HZR
    Apr 15, 2016 - 9:26PM

    Pakistan demands more evidence on the role LeT and ISI in Mumbai attacks and some even say it is all a hoax.Here is proof of ISI from the horse’s mouthRecommend

  • UK
    Apr 15, 2016 - 9:41PM

    All this is absolutely correct,same as Iraqi WMDs, or children snatched from incubators in Iraq. Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Apr 15, 2016 - 10:07PM

    Curious that the “number one spy agency” is clueless to prevent all those terrorist attacks on Pakistan that the government always blames on RAW!Recommend

  • hellboy
    Apr 15, 2016 - 10:43PM

    @Faisal: But every Pakistani should understand that because this double headed hydra nature of intelligence agency Pakistan lost its credibility in front of world community and how can you show your soft power if you wish to be.Recommend

  • Usman
    Apr 15, 2016 - 11:38PM

    Timing is important. Day before yesterday, a big leaf forward between India and America and today attack on Pakistan army ISI. Is this coincidence or planted game by to close friends to win confidence of each other?Recommend

  • Sid
    Apr 16, 2016 - 1:29AM

    @Faisal. Thanks for starting what we all know. That Pakistan is not strong by itself. It’s existence depends on having a master to bail it out for all it’s wrong doing. First the master was the USA, and now the China. Rest assured sooner or later your strategic assets will get brave enough to bite Chinese hand. Would be immensely entertaining once that happens. Good luck.Recommend

  • IceSoul
    Apr 16, 2016 - 2:53AM

    @Naseer: I agree that the document is probably forged, but “the wrath of the US”? Please elaborate on what the US can physically do to Pakistan? Other than sanctions or a couple precision strikes, the US can do absolutely NOTHING to Pakistan. Get out of whatever delusion you have. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Apr 16, 2016 - 3:10AM

    Very surprised Pakistan is a the biggest victims of terrorism our childrens law forces and innocent people sacrifices live
    And you people blaming us
    Shame on this reporter
    This is wrong, must be say sorry to PakistaniRecommend

  • ghazal
    Apr 16, 2016 - 6:25AM

    and world is expected to believe Pakistani narrative? okRecommend

  • usman778
    Apr 16, 2016 - 7:49AM

    wiserneighbor? more like creepystalkerRecommend

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