Pakistan helped CIA find Osama: US official
Washington: The Pakistani intelligence services provided the United States with information that was helpful in learning more about the compound where Osama bin laden was killed, a US official said on Saturday.
"The Pakistanis didn`t provide any tips on bin laden, but they provided certain information that aided the United States in developing the American intelligence picture on the compound," said the official, who asked not to be identified.
"This was an American operation," the official added.
The official`s comment came in response to a Washington Post report today that said Pakistan`s intelligence service believes it deserves credit for helping US intelligence agencies to locate bin Laden`s hideout.
"The lead and the information actually came from us," an unnamed senior official with Pakistan`s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) told The Post.
The al Qaeda founder and 9/11 mastermind was killed on May 2 last year in a secret US Navy SEAL operation in a walled-off compound in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, north of the Pakistani capital.