Who Was Helping Bin Laden?
“If you’re a 6’5” Arab, and the most wanted man on the planet, you can’t just walk into a place like Pakistan without support… So what’s the nature of that support?”
Officially, there is no evidence that Pakistani leaders had any involvement in, or knowledge of, bin Laden’s presence in the country, but privately, U.S. officials admit that mistrust between the U.S. and Pakistan have led to suspicions that Pakistani intelligence, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), at some level knew about bin Laden’s movements and who was helping him.
“There are deep suspicions on both sides,” said retired Pakistani Gen. Mahmud Ali Durrani, a former national security advisor and ambassador to the United States. “I think the biggest concern in the U.S., if I put it in a phrase, is that Pakistan is hunting with the hounds and running with the hares. That is the perception.”