OBL was in contact with members of Pakistan's spy agency: Report

E-mail suggested up to 12 mid to senior level ISI and military officials knew of the al Qaeda leader's safe house.

Web Desk February 28, 2012

Osama bin Laden was in routine contact with several senior figures from the Pakistan's military and its  intelligence arm while hiding in the country, British newspaper The Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks had published five million e-mails and secret intelligence files from US security think tank Stratfor on Monday after being obtained by hacktivist group Anonymous.

Stratfor provides analysis of world affairs to major corporations, military officials and government agencies and was once likened by an American business magazine to a "shadow CIA".

The Telegraph reported that according to one of the e-mails, the firm had been given access to information papers collected from bin Laden's Abbotabad compound after US special forces attacked it last May, killing the al Qaeda leader.

The e-mail, from a Stratfor analyst, suggested that up to 12 officials in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency knew of the safe house.

"Mid to senior level ISI and Pak Mil with one retired Pak Mil General that had knowledge of the OBL arrangements and safehouse," the email said.

The internal email, however, did not name any of the Pakistani officials allegedly involved, but said the US could use the information as a bargaining chip in post raid negotiations with Islamabad.

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Reza Ali | 9 years ago | Reply

There has never been any real evidence that our military, as an institution, was aware of the whereabouts of OBL. However given the changes in the mindset of the defense officers that set in during the Zia days, and have continued ever since, it is possible that individuals in the defense forces, serving and retired, may, purely in their private capacity, have had more information about it. Of course, the existence of "rouge" elements in the ISI is well known, and it is a documented fact that retired officers and men continue their contacts long after they are not carrying out their officially assigned duties.

Farhan | 9 years ago | Reply

OBL drama will continue to haunt ISI and GHQ, no matter what we believe in because he caught right in the backyard of military academy.

In Karachi, secret agencies personnels petrol 24-hours a day just to protect military residential areas, how can a sane person believe someone in ISI did not know about OBL?

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