Entries in Pakistan Intelligence (2)


Courier's Cellphone Provides Clues to Bin Laden's Pakistan Ties

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New clues have reportedly surfaced regarding Osama bin Laden's ties with Pakistan that could help better explain how the al Qaeda leader managed to get away undetected in the country for years before being killed by Navy SEALs last month.

According to the New York Times, senior American officials say contacts to the militant group Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen -- a longtime asset of Pakistan’s intelligence agency -- were found on the cellphone that belonged to bin Laden's trusted courier.  The phone was recovered during the May 2 raid of bin Laden's Abbottabad compound, where both he and his courier were killed.

The officials told the Times that after analysts traced the calls made on the cellphone, they discovered that commanders of the militant group contacted Pakistani intelligence officials, and one even said they had met.

However, the officials noted that the communications between Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen and Pakistani intelligence officials did not necessarily revolve around bin Laden.

The militant group has since denied these claims and any links to bin Laden, according to the BBC.

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Pakistani Official: Rogue or Retired Elements Aided Osama Bin Laden

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) -- In the strongest public statement yet from the Pakistani government following the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in which the al Qaeda leader was killed, a senior Pakistani official in the civilian government tells ABC News, "Elements of Pakistan intelligence - probably rogue or retired - were involved in aiding, abetting and sheltering the leader of al Qaeda."

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.

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

There have long been sharp divisions between the civilian government and military in Pakistan, and those divisions are now playing out in public.

As for the United States, this official says 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.

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