View Full Version : Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants in Bin Laden Raid

06-15-2011, 12:55 AM
Pakistanís top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials.

Pakistanís detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Ladenís compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid, is the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan. It comes at a time when the Obama administration is seeking Pakistanís support in brokering an endgame in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

At a closed briefing last week, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee asked Michael J. Morell, the deputy C.I.A. director, to rate Pakistanís cooperation with the United States on counterterrorism operations, on a scale of 1 to 10.

ďThree,Ē Mr. Morell replied, according to officials familiar with the exchange.

The fate of the C.I.A. informants arrested in Pakistan is unclear, but American officials said that the C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta, raised the issue when he travelled to Islamabad last week to meet with Pakistani military and intelligence officers.


It's easy to jump to the conclusion that they were arrested for helping us get Bin Laden, but the story itself doesn't say why. I'd say it's not out of the realm of possibility that it wasn't for other actions related for terrorism.

I find it hard to believe that they travel in circles to gather the information that they did, and not be dirty on some levels themselves. Maybe not though. *shrugs*