Bin Laden's Widows 'Hostile' in US Interviews

Pakistan says access proof it is not in league with al-Qaeda
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2011 7:12 AM CDT
Updated May 13, 2011 7:45 AM CDT
US intelligence officials interviewed three of Osama bin Laden's widows in Pakistan, but they were called "hostile" to the United States.   (7694jamal)

(Newser) – US officials finally got to interview the three widows of Osama bin Laden who are in Pakistani custody—and CNN reports the women were "hostile" to the Americans and provided little useful information. The officials had hoped to interview them separately to tease out any inconsistencies in their stories; instead, they were interviewed together with Pakistani intelligence in the room, and the eldest widow spoke for the group. The US may question the women again.

Pakistani officials say the interviews prove that there was no hidden cooperation between the Pakistani military and bin Laden, and that Pakistan is a strong ally of the US. If Pakistan had "skeletons" to hide, "do you think we would allow access to the (widows) and the children of Osama?" asked Pakistan's interior minister. US officials are also seeking access to materials taken from the bin Laden compound by Pakistan after the US raid. (In other bin Laden family news, his son may have escaped; click to read that story.)

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