Shakil Afridi

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He Helped Find bin Laden, Now Languishes in Jail

The AP takes a look at Shakil Afridi's ordeal

(Newser) - Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years—since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to get DNA samples from bin Laden's family as a means of pinpointing his location, aiding US Navy SEALs who tracked and killed the al-Qaeda leader. Afridi... More »

SEAL Parents: Obama Put Our Kids in Danger

Panetta hints at reprisals for author of bin Laden book

(Newser) - The parents of one of the members of SEAL Team Six say President Obama endangered their son, and the entire unit, by publicly identifying it as the team that killed Osama Bin Laden. "Aaron called me up and said, 'Mom, you need to wipe your social media clean... More »

Bin Laden Snitch Wasn't Convicted of Treason

Shakil Afridi was actually convicted of colluding with a warlord

(Newser) - The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden was never actually charged with treason, as was initially reported . Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced to 33 years in prison, was actually convicted of colluding with anti-government Islamist warlord Mangal Bagh, tribal court documents show. The fact that Afridi... More »

Bin Laden Snitch a Corrupt Thief: Pakistan

Shakil Afridi had been accused of sexual assault, say officials

(Newser) - Pakistani officials say Dr. Shakil Afridi was a bad egg who had been accused of sexual assault, harassment, theft, and more long before he was arrested for helping the US find Osama bin Laden. Officials showed Reuters a 2002 document in which Afridi was declared too corrupt for government service.... More »

Irked Senate Panel Votes 30-0 to Cut Pakistan Aid

US doesn't need 'double-dealing,' says Sen. Lindsey Graham

(Newser) - A Senate panel expressed its outrage over Pakistan's conviction of a doctor who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden, voting to cut aid to Islamabad by $33 million—$1 million for every year of the physician's 33-year sentence for high treason. The punitive move came... More »

More US-Pakistan Woes: Peeved Senators, Drone Strike

Strike kills 10, aid gets threatened over Shakil Afridi's sentence

(Newser) - The sun still is not shining on US-Pakistan relations. A US drone strike targeting suspected militants in northwest Pakistan killed 10 today, a move that will likely further inflame tensions between the two countries, reports Reuters . Pakistan has demanded an end to the strikes, which it considers a violation of... More »

Pakistani Doc Gets 33 Years for Helping Find bin Laden

Pakistan jails Shakil Afridi for treason

(Newser) - The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA take down the world's most notorious terrorist will spend the next 33 years of his life in prison for his troubles. Dr. Shakil Afridi ran a vaccination program that the US used to verify Osama bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad, reports... More »

Pakistan Fires Nurses for Aiding bin Laden Search

Health workers took part in phony vaccination drive

(Newser) - Pakistan has fired 17 health workers who unwittingly helped the US find Osama bin Laden. The workers—15 nurses and two more senior health officials—were employed by Shakil Afridi, the doctor who ran a phony vaccination scheme on behalf of the CIA in an attempt to confirm the al-Qaeda... More »

Pakistan May Execute Doc Who Helped Find bin Laden

Shakil Afridi should be charged with high treason, commission decides

(Newser) - The doctor who ran the fake vaccination scheme that helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden should be charged with high treason, an inquiry in Pakistan has recommended. If convicted, Shakil Afridi could be executed. The doctor was arrested by Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence agency a few weeks after the... More »

CIA Ran Phony Vaccination Scheme to Find bin Laden

Pakistani doctor busted for his role in plan

(Newser) - Cunning minds at the CIA devised a phony vaccination program in an effort to uncover Osama bin Laden's hiding place, a Guardian investigation has found. A regional health official was recruited to organize the vaccination drive in Abbottabad, beginning the program in a poorer part of town to make... More »

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