US wanted to protect ISI image after 26/11 attacks: WikiLeaks
New Delhi: In yet another shocking revelation from the WikiLeaks saga, the US Ambassador in Pakistan is said to have advised the US State Department to force India to not release any information on their investigations into the 26/11 attacks which could damage the reputation of Pakistani spy agency ISI.
In a cable – a secret communication from embassy to their country – marked ‘secret’ and sent in January 2009, Ambassador Anne W. Patterson urges her bosses to prevent India with sharing their 26/11 probe details with the international community.
“We believe it is premature for the Indians to be considering a broad dissemination of information on the attack until the investigation has been completed,” the ambassador noted, going on to say that the revelations could harm the image of ISI boss Shuja Pasha.
“If Pasha is embarrassed by what is essentially public dissemination without the Indians providing the results of their own investigation to Pakistan, it will undercut Pakistan’s ability to pursue its investigation, generate a public backlash in Pakistan, and could undermine Pasha personally,” she says in the cable.
“Therefore, we believe Department should urge the GOI to delay the release of information…”she added.
India however did share its findings with the countries whose citizens were killed in the attacks.
The cables also show how the UK embassy in Islamabad had concluded that the attacks were a handiwork of LeT and had asked their government to pressurise Pakistan to immediately act against its leaders.
Another communication quoted a Pakistani diplomat who told a US official that Pakistan President Asif Zardari had blamed the Indian media for deteriorating relations between his country and India. It was because of this, he said, that the Pak Army refused to send ISI chief to India after the attacks.
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