US Seeks to Grill 3 Osama Widows

US official calls for 'calm' in assessing relationship with Pakistan
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2011 4:45 AM CDT
White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said the US is eager to interview Osama bin Laden's three widows, when he appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday.   (AP Photo/NBC, William B. Plowman)
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(Newser) – US officials are eager to question the three widows of Osama bin Laden, who are in Pakistani custody, as part of its investigation into potential ties between Pakistan and bin Laden, reports the Los Angeles Times. Despite Pakistan's possible complicity in hiding bin Laden, national security advisor Tom Donilon called the country a "very important partner" and urged a "calm and cool" analysis.

Donilon also said that US forces had discovered information "the size of a small college library" in the raid. While several officials from the George W. Bush administration, including former VP Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, have tried to use the bin Laden killing as evidence of the need for enhanced interrogation techniques, Donilon opposed that interpretation, saying torture was "not consistent with our values ... and not necessary in terms of getting the kind of intelligence that we need." (Read more Osama bin Laden dead stories.)

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