Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pakistan arrests informants who helped America kill Bin Laden by passing secret photos to the CIA - 15th June 2011

Five informants who helped the U.S. kill Osama Bin Laden have been arrested by Pakistan's intelligence service, it was revealed today.

The group allegedly covertly photographed vehicles coming and going from the terror leader's Abbottabad compound in the weeks before he was shot dead.

A Pakistani army major is believed to be among the men being held for passing information to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The owner of a safe house rented to the CIA to observe Bin Laden's lair before the raid is another of the men arrested, a U.S. official said.

Al Qaeda leader Bin Laden, the world's most wanted man, was shot dead during a daring mission by U.S. Navy Seals on Pakistani territory on May 2 - just yards from a military academy.

The diplomatic fallout from the raid has led to a rapid decline in relations between America and Pakistan.

Officials said the arrests of the informants was just the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the two nations.

The fate of the informants who were arrested by Pakistan's top military spy agency remains unclear, the New York Times said.

American officials said that CIA Director Leon Panetta raised the issue when he visited Islamabad last week to meet with Pakistani military and intelligence officers.

As relations cool, members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee asked Michael Morell, the deputy CIA director, to rate Pakistan's cooperation with the United States on counterterrorism operations, on a scale of 1 to 10.

'Three,' Mr Morell replied, the New York Times said. Read More