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Tuesday
May032011

Did Pakistan Know About Osama Bin Laden's Hideout?

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- On Tuesday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein echoed calls by other top lawmakers in Congress that Pakistan must answer questions about how Osama bin Laden could have lived in Abbottabad for up to six years.

“It does cause one to question how this kind of facility -- which stood out, which was close by a military academy -- could exist for the length of time it did exist. And we now know that bin Laden was there up to six years. That’s a substantial period of time,” Feinstein said at a press conference.

“I think we have to know whether they knew, whether the Pakistanis knew. If they didn’t know, why didn’t they know?” she asked. “Why didn’t they pay more attention to it? Was this just benign indifference or was it indifference with a motive? I don’t know what the answer is and we need to find out.” 

“From an intelligence point of view, we would want to know more about why this wasn’t discovered by the Pakistani authorities,” she emphasized.

However, Feinstein said it would be “premature” to cut off financial aid to Pakistan, as Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, has called for, even though she cited that Pakistan has “very subtly walked both sides of the street” and “that is a concern to many of us.”

In addition to Feinstein and Lautenberg, other key senators such as Senate Armed Services boss Carl Levin, Senate Homeland Security chairman Joe Lieberman, and the top Republican on the Homeland Security panel, Susan Collins, have all demanded that Pakistan explain how bin Laden was able to live in Abbottabad -- a city under 100 miles from the capital of Islamabad and a city with a strong military presence.

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