Journalist claims Pakistan was aware of US operation that killed Osama bin Laden

According to the journalist Seymour Hersh, the US and Pakistan struck a deal that the US would raid Osama's compound but make it look as if Pakistan was unaware.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: April 28, 2016 1:03 pm
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Osama bin Laden was in Pakistan’s detention for years and was killed after the country struck a deal with the US, a top American journalist has claimed citing new evidence and disputed Islamabad’s assertion that it was not aware of the raid that killed the al-Qaeda leader.

Legendary US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh repeated his claim that Pakistan was aware of the Navy Seals’ raid that killed bin Laden in 2011 in his compound in Abbottabad town near Pakistan army’s elite training school.

Bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, the group that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States.

In an interview to Dawn, Hersh said that since last year he had seen new evidence that cemented his belief that the official US account on bin Laden’s killing was deceptive. He also reiterated his claim that Pakistan had detained bin Laden in 2006 and kept him prisoner with the backing of Saudi Arabia.

The US and Pakistan then struck a deal that the US would raid his compound but make it look as if Pakistan was unaware. “Pakistan is in constant alert because of India. Their radars are watching, their F-16s are up all the time,” said Hersh while arguing that it was not possible for US helicopters to enter Abbottabad without alerting the Pakistanis.

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When asked if he still believes Pakistan helped the United States get bin Laden, he said: “More than ever”. When Hersh first made this claim in an article published last year, it shook Washington and forced the White House to reject the story as false.

Major US media outlets also rejected his claim as incorrect but Hersh repeated the claim in his new book, ‘The Killing of Osama bin Laden’ published this week, insisting that he was right.

He said the then army and ISI chiefs had made this deal with the Americans, which upset other Pakistani generals. “The then head of Pakistan’s Air Defence Command was very, very upset. He was ready to go public,” said Hersh, claiming that the disgruntled general was made PIA chairman after his retirement to keep him silent.

In an interview to Democracy Now, a network of more than 1,400 radio and television outlets, Hersh said the US and Pakistan had jointly created the “myth” “we discovered” where he was living.

“What I know is…that in August of 2010, a Pakistani colonel…came into our embassy, went to the then CIA Station Chief Jonathan Bank, and said: ‘We’ve had bin Laden for four years’.” Hersh told Dawn that the colonel was later moved to the US and was now living somewhere near Washington.

“The Pakistani intelligence picked him (bin Laden) in the Hindu Kush area, built the compound in Abbottabad and put him there,” he said. “Pakistani officials did so because the Saudis asked them
to. The Saudis did not want Americans to interrogate him.”

According to Hersh, when the CIA asked Pakistani officials to make the May 2, 2011, operation in Abbottabad a surprise raid, they agreed “because they had kept OBL in custody without telling us”. The Americans were already very upset and the Pakistanis did not want to make it worse, he added.

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  1. S
    Apr 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm
    you r wrong. India itself is to blame. Their politician create situation about communities fight each other. Indian politician are selfish and corrupt. 90% of their politician need to be sent to jail.
    1. D
      Apr 28, 2016 at 11:34 am
      Most of stan's RADAR infra is of US origin. They can turn it off remotely - at will. They have helped Israel turn of Egypt's RADAR systems on multiple occasions to carry out similar raids.
      1. H
        hari das
        Apr 28, 2016 at 7:52 am
        Seymour Hersh is by far one of the best journalists (journalistic mind) out there. Great story and it makes perfect sense.
        1. R
          Apr 28, 2016 at 10:44 am
          Obviously. stan was not only aware about the mission but facilitated every kind of help needed. Without connivance of the government no aircraft can enter in the airspace without getting intercepted.
          1. Guy Mullins
            Apr 28, 2016 at 8:15 am
            An indication of which governments were sympathetic to bin Laden showed in who gave his wives free page on their various journeyys to Abbottabad. Michael McWilliams' book, Osama's Angel available on Amazon reveals the journeys of his wives to meet with him after he had established himself in Abbottabad. The book also speculates that bin Laden was indeed interrogated by the Americans when he was captured during the raid, not killed.
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