Washington: Mid to senior level officials in
the ISI and military in Pakistan knew the arrangements for
Osama bin Laden and his Abbottabad-safe house, claims a leaked
email of Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence firm.
"Mid to senior level ISI and Pak military with one
retired Pak Military General that had knowledge of the OBL
(Osama bin laden) arrangements and safe house," wrote Fred
Burton, Stratfor`s vice president for intelligence in an
email, leaked by WikiLeaks, to one of his company’s regional
director for South Asia soon after the killing of the al Qaeda
chief by the US commandos in a daring operation on May 2 last
year in Abbottabad.
Burton, who is considered one of the world`s foremost
experts on security, terrorists and terrorist organizations,
however, did not reveal his source of such an information, but
did say that it was coming from his source in Pakistan.
Less than a dozen people within ISI and Pakistan military
had information on bin Laden, he writes in the leaked email.
In the leaked email, Burton informs Kamran Bokhari,
Stratfor’s regional director for the Middle East and South
Asia that the source, however, did not provide him with the
names of ISI and Pakistan military officials who had knowledge
of this arrangement for Osama bin Laden. At the same time, he
asserted that the American intelligence knew about it.
Names unk (unknown) to me and not provided. Specific
ranks unk to me and not provided. But, I get a very clear
sense we (US intel) know names and ranks," Burton wrote in his
email dated May 13 using his Blackberry.
However, the Pakistan government has said that the
Pakistani establishment had no knowledge of the whereabout of
bin Laden or his stay in Abbottabad.
PTI has not been independently able to verify the
authenticity of this leaked email. The Startfor website does
confirm that its system has been compromised and an
investigation is on in this regard, for which it has sought
the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.