The CIA director blames a cooperative effort by al-Qaeda and a group of Pakistani militants for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the Washington Post reports. The conclusion jibes with the explanation Pervez Musharraf has offered, though some Pakistanis still suspect the president and his government had a hand in the ex-PM’s murder.
Michael Hayden cites the assassination as more evidence of a disturbing increase in coordination between al-Qaeda and forces loyal to militant tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud. The spymaster described the attack on Bhutto as "part of an organized campaign.” But other US administration officials remain unconvinced. One characterized the CIA’s assessment as "a very good assumption.”