“Officials in Pakistan had to know about bin Laden”
And officials in America ‘had to know’.
Counter terrorism is a dirty business. Almost as dirty as politics...
yet your people still send money to them.
This Panetta jerk gets paid for these revelations?!
Even after we captured all those notes and hard drives? And didn't they say that Bin Laden was carrying some phone numbers?
He ain't going to reveal his "personal" feelings unless he has documentation to back him up. Not in his current position.
Still don't believe them. No president takes a 50-50 chance with 20 seals. Osama was no longer functioning...Just a big photo op for Obama.
What a bold and brilliant assertion by Panetta!
He should be both SOD and Head of the CIA/ sarc
Of course they did!
The ISI knows how to keep a secret, especially from the Army and political operatives. Pakistan is one big gossip festival that we listen in on heavily.
Likely very few ISI knew.
The cell phones collected in the raid would have given Panetta the “hard evidence” he says he does not have.
Panetta does not lie, he is too careful for that, would have declined to comment first.
The Paks were genuinely surprised at the raid. Pak helos rarely ever fly at night, yet only local police responded to our downed helo for about 6 hours after the raid when Pak Air Force and Army personnel finally arrived.
If there was any significant knowledge by the ISI, they would certainly have been watching the compound and would have scrambled.
There was no Pak intel or military scramble at all. They never even turned on their W looking radar on to watch us go away.
There was absolute and total surprise, a classic raid.
There was certainly general knowledge by the ISI that UBL was in the general area. But that compound was built and lived in for many years before UBL showed up.
They grew their own vegetables to limit trips outside. The reason for the high walls was most likely to prevent ISI and Pak Army surveillance as high walls would mean nothing to us and our satellites and AQ knows that only too well.