Osama believed ``men should never share secrets with women``

Osama was against sharing any confidential information with his wives.

Washington: Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was apparently against sharing any confidential information with his wives.

"Osama once told me men should never share their secrets with women," TIME quoted Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, who interviewed bin Laden in 1997, as saying.

The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.

His three wives and several of his children have been in Pakistani custody since the raid, and access to the three women is one of many layers of tension between the governments of Pakistan and the United States, according to a Fox News report.

So far, Pakistan has not charged bin Laden`s three widows of any crime, and has said that it will eventually expel the three to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and will grant direct access to US interrogators when the trio "is ready".

However, as for useful intelligence information, an Arab woman with ties to al Qaeda told TIME that militants with organisation are not big on pillow talk.

"They tend not to tell their wives anything about their operations," she said.

Nevertheless, these three women all have vital stories to tell of how al Qaeda`s network in Pakistan managed to smuggle them back to their forlorn terrorist husband and keep them hidden for so long.

An Arab woman married to an al Qaeda fighter told TIME that after 9/11, bin Laden and his lieutenants made provisions for their families to flee the impending NATO invasion of Afghanistan.

His youngest wife, Amal Ahmed al-Sadah, may have escaped to Yemen via Pakistan, while bin Laden`s other wives are thought to have fled through Iran, said the report, adding that however, the al Qaeda chief got lonely after sending his wives.

After setting up camp in Pakistan and breaking his own orders, he summoned back three wives: al-Sadah and two Saudi women he had wed in the 1980s, the report said.