ISI tipping off militants: US Senator

Amid reports of leak of US intelligence information about bomb-making factories in Pakistan`s tribal areas, a top American Senator has claimed that elements in ISI were tipping off terrorist outfits.

Updated: Jun 21, 2011, 13:36 PM IST

Washington: Amid reports of leak of US
intelligence information about bomb-making factories in
Pakistan`s tribal areas, a top American Senator has claimed
that elements in ISI were tipping off terrorist outfits.

"I think it either comes right out of the ISI or it comes
from the ISI having to warn or alert a tribal leader that the
military is moving into that area for a mission, and the
tribal leader alerts the IED manufacturer and they scatter,"
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein told MSNBC.

Feinstein, who chairs Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence, was responding to questions on the reported leak
of US intelligence information given to Pakistan about four
bomb-making factories in the tribal areas of the country.

By the time security forces reached the locations, the bomb-
making factories had been closed and militants were absent.

"It`s really very concerning, because I know a little bit
of the background that I can`t speak about... I think it`s
either out of the ISI directly or it comes from the ISI -- and
this is according to the Army Times, which I`ve just read --
that the military alerts the tribal leader of the area in
North Waziristan where they`re coming, the Haqqani, and the
Haqqani then clear out whatever they think the IED is being
built.

"And that`s usually in a school or some other place that
has serious collateral damage attached to it. I`m saying in my
judgment it is either-or, because someone is tipping off the
IED maker. And the IED makers are gone when the Pakistani
military gets to the base that we are working together on,"
she said.

In other words, the United States provides the
intelligence to ISI, which then asks the military to move in.

"When the military move in, the facility they move in to take
down has already been cleared out of all personnel and all
munitions," the Senator said.

PTI