Official: Bin Laden Had Help From 'Rogue' ISI Agents

Official admits Pakistani intelligence aided Osama in some fashion
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2011 4:53 PM CDT
A Pakistani woman looks at an army soldier standing guard near the house of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Sunday, May 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

(Newser) – As many have suspected, Osama bin Laden did have some help in Pakistan. “Elements of Pakistan intelligence—probably rogue or retired—were involved in aiding, abetting, and sheltering the leader of al-Qaeda,” a senior official in the country’s civilian government tells ABC News. The government has determined that bin Laden would not have been able to spend so many years in Abbottabad without help, perhaps from someone in ISI’s middle tier who grew up fighting against the Soviets. The official adds that the US is demanding the identities of certain ISI agents.

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