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Pak Official: Rogue, Retired ISI Aided OBL

From ABC News:

Osama Bin Laden Aided by Rogue or Retired Elements of Pakistani Intelligence, Government Official Says

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 8, 2011

A senior official in Pakistan’s civilian government told ABC News, "Elements of Pakistan intelligence — probably rogue or retired — were involved in aiding, abetting and sheltering the leader of al Qaeda," the strongest public statement yet from the Pakistani government after the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound.

Well, this is a baby step toward admitting the obvious truth. But how could retired elements have been helping Bin Laden without any of the non-retired in the area having noticed?

This is based on the government’s judgment that the number of years bin Laden spent in Abbottabad — and it now appears in a village outside the city of Haripur — would have been impossible without help, possibly from someone in the middle tier of ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency, who grew up fighting alongside the mujahidin against the Soviets, said the official.

This is a brilliant angle for the Pakistanis to take. They must realize that our news media would love to find a way to blame President Reagan.

According to the official, the military and ISI have been weeding some of them out but many remain

Sure they have. By the way, isn’t our relationship with Pakistan so much better since we got rid of Perez Musharraf? It looks like the news media and the rest of the Democrats were wrong about that, after all.

The Pakistani official also said U.S. officials are demanding the identities of particular ISI agents, in part, as proof the government is truly serious about confronting al Qaeda’s supporters on the inside

Good luck with that.

National Security Advisor Tom Donilon told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour today on "This Week" that "questions … are being raised quite aggressively in Pakistan."

Don’t worry, Pakistan. In a few more days this will all be forgotten and we won’t hear another word about it.

Still, with any luck the Pakistani government will be so offended by our questions they will throw our foreign aid back in our face. We can dream, can’t we?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Pak Official: Rogue, Retired ISI Aided OBL”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “According to the official, the military and ISI have been weeding some of them out but many remain…”

    Sounds like they could use an industrial strength bottle of Roundup.

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