Bin Laden Cell Phone
June 24, 2011 by staff
Bin Laden Cell Phone, A new report raises the suspicion that Osama bin Laden may have been protected on behalf of, or at least knowledge of the intelligence agency of Pakistan. The mobile phone messaging bin Laden, seized in the raid on his compound in U.S. Abbottabad last month, contains the contacts of the commanders of a militant group with close ties to the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan (ISI), The New York Times reported today.
By tracking the phone calls made with the courier, U.S.anlysts deduced that the commanders of the group Harakat-ul-Mujahideen militants were in contact with Pakistani intelligence, U.S. officials told the Times – despite how clear it is not clear.
Harakat, which is so prevalent around Abbottabad, was created with the blessing of the ISI at least 20 years ago and has since been sponsored by the spy agency. The implication is that if a group as close to the ISI was in contact with bin Laden’s network is less likely that the spy agency was aware of activities of the terrorist leader in Pakistan.
U.S. officials were quick to say, however, that there is no evidence that the communication from bin Laden, so it is possible that the ISI was not aware of the presence of the terrorist leader – despite two former militant interviewed by the Times say are convinced that the ISI was protecting Bin Laden.
One Pakistani security official told CBS News that the links between the ISI and Harakat no longer existed. “This is outdated information on Harakat-ul-Mujahideen. As militant groups began to attack the state [of Pakistan] many of the above relations have been broken,” he said.
The ISI has always had ties to Pakistani militant groups for a variety of reasons, including access to intelligence on the militants and the desire to have more allies against archrival India.
“We know that the Pakistanis have sponsored some of these groups for a long time,” said a Western diplomat in Islamabad [CBS reporter] Bokhari. “I was active contacts between the ISI and militant groups, whereas they (militant groups) were in contact with Osama Bin Laden needs to be carefully examined. Demonstrating this triangular relationship is not easy.”
U.S. Officials continue to express doubts that bin Laden could have lived for years in a Pakistani garrison city of nearly 1 million people just a couple of hours from Islamabad, Pakistani officials without at least suspecting he was there. American suspicions of complicity of Pakistan, along with the unilateral nature of the raid on the premises of bin Laden, have dragged the United States and Pakistan relations.
According to Bloomberg, 69 percent of Pakistanis view the U.S. as more of an enemy than a friend, despite the massive U.S. aid the country that extends beyond military assistance and combating t*rror*sm.
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