German spy agency 'helped US find Bin Laden': report

Published: May 17, 2015
Osama bin Laden. PHOTO: REUTERS

Osama bin Laden. PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN: Germany’s foreign intelligence agency helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan where US special forces killed the al-Qaeda leader, according to a German news report published on Sunday.

The BND spy service provided a tip-off that Bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, with the knowledge of Pakistani security services, according to the Bild am Sonntag report, which was published as the agency is battling heavy criticism in a spy scandal.

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The information came from a BND informant within the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) and confirmed CIA suspicions, said the newspaper report which cited unnamed US intelligence sources.

The American source was quoted as saying the German tip-off was of “fundamental importance” in the hunt for the architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Pakistan has denied that it knew Bin Laden was living within its borders or that it had advance knowledge of the 2011 US special forces operation which killed him in a walled compound in the city of Abbottabad.

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The German newspaper said that ultimately US services tracked down Bin Laden’s exact location by following one of his couriers, as Washington has said.

The report also said the BND used its Bad Aibling listening post in Germany’s southern Bavaria state to monitor telephone and email traffic in northern Pakistan to ensure the secrecy of the planned US Navy SEALS’ operation.

Read: White House rebuts claim Pakistan role in Bin Laden raid

News portal Spiegel Online pointed out that the newspaper report about the German spy agency’s “apparent act of heroism” was published “right in the middle of the BND affair” and asked “is it plausible?”

The BND has been accused of helping the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy not just on extremists and criminals but also on political and business targets, including the French government, European Commission and Airbus Group.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • ghazal
    May 17, 2015 - 6:19PM

    and we ask why world doesnt believe in usRecommend

  • Babloo
    May 17, 2015 - 6:20PM

    Good job. How many others is tthe ‘agency’ hiding ?Recommend

  • Munir Ahmed
    May 17, 2015 - 10:46PM

    One of the reasons is that German aid arm GTZ has a decades long working experience in KP only – GTZ like Swiss Development Cooperation only focuses KP for reasons known to them. Recommend

  • Sohail Massour
    May 17, 2015 - 11:58PM

    We all know our intelligence agencies are hiding mulla Omar and Aiyman Al Zawahiri. They should either eliminate them or hand them over to the countries who want to try them. This will save them another embarrassment.Recommend

  • MalcolmX
    May 18, 2015 - 2:44AM

    How come RAW has not been blamed in this situation ?Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    May 18, 2015 - 3:05AM

    This news is misleading since the BND had apparently not the slightest idea what the so called ‘selectors’ meant which were programmed by the NSA before it the complee equipment previously operated by the Americans was handed over to the German Government. This is under investigations and it is rumoured that many from the BND and from the political stage may have to take their hat off in case it violated the German law which unlike the USA protects the privacy of the citizens.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Khurram
    May 18, 2015 - 6:06AM

    Seymour Hersh’s investigation holds lot of water and circumstantially sounds most credible. All these successive articles or news items appear to be a deliberate attempt discredit him. But people are not buying into their unfounded claims.Recommend

  • Blunt
    May 18, 2015 - 10:10AM

    Every passing day a new story comes in. We might never be able to find out the actual facts surrounding this event.Recommend

  • Tamer
    May 18, 2015 - 2:52PM

    “….We might never be able to find out the actual facts surrounding this event.”

    Of course not. The whole idea of setting up such highly efficient propaganda departments in the capitals around the world is just to convince you of the official version, whatever it may be. Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    May 19, 2015 - 5:36PM

    Forget about official version . Tell me what is your version . Again there is an scope of conspiracy theory . The whole operation in Abatabad was fake , that was a drama . Helicopter crash was also a drama . Hand over Hafiz saeed and other wanted by India otherwise this time we will leave no scope for C. Theory .Recommend

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