May 22, 2011
THE US Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden were carrying a pocket guide to the occupants of his compound that was so detailed it suggests the CIA may have had a mole inside.
The document, left behind in the compound and obtained by The Sunday Times, lists the names and ages of those who were present, including bin Laden’s wives, children and grandchildren.
“I think someone from inside may have given information,” said Rehman Malik, the Interior Minister and former head of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency. “If the Americans didn’t have definitive information, they couldn’t have gone straight to the room where bin Laden was.”
“It is quite possible a false or partial narrative was given of how bin Laden was found,” said a CIA official. “Intelligence can only function in silence and in the dark – protecting source and method is very important.”
CIA had a “mole” in Pakistan’s intelligence?
May 22, 2011
Americans may have had a “mole” inside the Pakistani security establishment who tipped them about the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout besides giving detailed information about the life in the compound where he was found and killed by American commandos earlier this month, a British newspaper claimed on Sunday.
The Sunday Times quoted Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik as saying he thought “someone from inside” may have given information that led the Americans to track down bin Laden.
Mr. Malik, former head of the Federal Investigation Agency, said: “In my experience of years an intelligence officer, I think someone from inside may have given information. If the Americans didn’t have definitive information, they couldn’t have gone straight to the room where bin Laden was.”