Pakistan: CIA's bin Laden informants held

2011-06-15 10:00

Washington - Pakistan's top military spy agency has arrested five CIA informants who fed information to the US spy agency before the raid last month which killed Osama bin Laden, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

One of the detainees was reported to be a Pakistani army major whom officials said copied license plates of cars visiting the al-Qaeda leader's compound about 48km northwest of Islamabad.

The fate of the CIA informants arrested in Pakistan is unclear, the newspaper reported, citing American officials.

Outgoing CIA Director Leon Panetta raised the issue of the informants' detention during a trip to Islamabad last week where he met with Pakistani military and intelligence officers, the newspaper said.

Some in Washington see the arrest as another sign of the deep disconnect between US and Pakistani priorities in the fight against extremists, the Times reported.

The United States kept Islamabad in the dark about the May 2 raid by Navy Seals until after it was completed, humiliating Pakistan's armed forces and putting US military and intelligence ties under serious strain.

Strong relationship

Last week, at a closed Senate Intelligence Committee briefing, Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell rated Pakistan's co-operation with the United States on counterterrorism operations a "three" on a scale of 1 to 10, the Times reported, citing officials familiar with the exchange.

Other officials cautioned that his comments did not represent the administration's overall assessment, the newspaper said. "We have a strong relationship with our Pakistani counterparts and work through issues when they arise," CIA spokesperson Marie Harf told the newspaper.

"Director Panetta had productive meetings last week in Islamabad. It's a crucial partnership, and we will continue to work together in the fight against Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups who threaten our country and theirs."

Asked about the Times report, a CIA spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied it and said she had no further comment.

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, was quoted as saying that the CIA and the Pakistani spy agency "are working out mutually agreeable terms for their co-operation in fighting the menace of terrorism. It is not appropriate for us to get into the details at this stage".

  • Slivar83 - 2011-06-15 10:35

    so can someone pls tell me why we never got to see the body?? why didnt the US show the Citizens the body of the man who they Feared the most?? i will believe it when i see it

      William - 2011-06-15 11:00

      The US like making people idiots. They have no limits. I suppose they are lying and Bin Laden is a Big Guest in the White House and Obama does not want people to know.

      William - 2011-06-15 11:01

      The US like making people idiots. They have no limits. I suppose they are lying and Bin Laden is a Big Guest in the White House and Obama does not want people to know.

      Blougroen - 2011-06-15 11:21

      Yhea - I am sure I saw him in the que when I applied to replace my stolen passport . . . .

      Paul - 2011-06-15 11:37

      @Slivar83 ... if bin Laden was alive don't you think he'd have blown "this CIA propaganda story" by giving one of his famous news releases proving his alive ... think before you spew that BS ...fool !!

      brinjal - 2011-06-15 11:58

      Did you have to see Elvis' body when he died before you believed it?

      jowza - 2011-06-15 12:02

      paul.bin lying ran out of video tapes

      Tolerant - 2011-06-15 13:55

      Some pictures would cause more harm than good. Imagine more images of Lady Di's accident or body in the hospital, all broken up.

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-15 11:06

    Now why on earth would the Pakistan government arrest CIA informants? I thought they wanted Bin Laden found and taken out.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-15 13:33

      And what gave you that idea exactly? Maybe that Bin Laden has been living under their noses for, what, 6 years now?

  • Peter - 2011-06-15 11:53

    @Slivar83, what use is showing a picture conspiracy theorists will say its doctored, the human rights groups will say he was shot brutally, if he was alive Al-Qaeda would be out to prove USA is lying but they themselves confirmed he is dead and why would USA care if you think he is dead or not makes zero difference to them.

      jowza - 2011-06-15 12:03

      yeah.who has bin lying

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-15 13:34

      You hit the nail on the head there peter. But then again, the conspiracy theorists will just claim that Al-Quaeda is a CIA organization and a puppet of the US, and all that kind of rubbish.

      jowza - 2011-06-15 13:49

      well martin.the way the americans operate,dont be surprised by anything

  • Eric - 2011-06-15 16:14

    Now all we need is for the CIA terrorists to be brought to justice

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