Bin Laden Informants
June 16, 2011 by USA Post
Bin Laden Informants, The CIA is downplaying the tensions in relations between the U.S. and Pakistan after the military spy agency of Pakistan arrested five CIA informants whose work for several months contributed to the incursion of U.S. who killed Osama bin Laden.
Among those arrested was a significant portion of the Pakistani Army as a doctor and the owner of the safe house used by the CIA to spy on bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound.
The eldest, who is said to have copied the license plate numbers of vehicles entering the compound, was arrested, sources told Fox News on Wednesday, because the safe house was not known by the Pakistan Intelligence Agency Inter -Services. However, the ISI is denying the arrest, saying the story is “false and baseless.” The conflict is only the latest in a series of reports of problems in relationships. In recent weeks, U.S. officials have warned repeatedly in the facilities of the Pakistani bomb making and weapons only to find that the Pakistani army showed up to find empty seats.
Authorities said the arrests of the informants were the ultimate test of the fractured relationship between the two nations since the incursion of Navy SEALs to get Bin Laden.
The CIA, however, said the CIA director, Leon Panetta, is working closely with Pakistan to strengthen relations.
“We have a strong relationship with our counterparts in Pakistan and to resolve issues that may arise,” said CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf’s Fox News. “Director Panetta had productive meetings last week in Islamabad. It is an important partnership, and we will continue working together in the fight against Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups that threaten our country and theirs.”
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News that the arrests show that U.S. relations with Pakistan are”garbage.”
“You know that parts of the Pakistani intelligence service and the government and the military that are kind of on our side and parts of it that are not,” he said. “I think we all know it must have been a faction within the Pakistani government was aware of the presence of Osama bin Laden for five years. So Pakistan is a very mixed bag. There are people who have allied with us and that people do not. ”
The State Department spokesman Mark Toner not addresses the arrests on Wednesday. He simply recognizes the critical but difficult relationship.
“I think we’ve been at the forefront of the challenges in the relationship, but we have also been consistent in saying that Pakistan and U.S. need each other,” he said. “We have to work through these challenges, as in our two long-term – short term interest to do so frankly -.”
A State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed frustration with the Pakistani authorities.
“Why stop those who helped in the search for Osama bin Laden when Pakistan to pursue militants as it keeps the promise to do but never deliver anything of substance?” The official asked.
The New York Times, which first reported the arrest, said during a conference closed last week, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee asked Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell at the rate of cooperation with the U.S. on Pakistan operations to combat t*rror*sm on a scale of 1 to 10.
“Three,” allegedly said Morell.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that he would not give an assessment at the level of relations with Pakistan, nor would he comment on reports of arrests.
“I’m just saying they are actively engaged with the Pakistanis. It’s a complicated relationship that is not perfect and requires attention. … It is important to our national security interests. … They have been reliable in providing important information on successful operations against terrorists, “he said.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates played down the arrest during questioning at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
“Well, first, on the basis of 27 years in the CIA and four years in this work, most governments lie to each other,” he said. “It’s how we do business.”
When asked by Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., If they also stop to helping people when they say they are allies, Gates said: “Sometimes.And times send people to spy on us. That’s the real world we face. “
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