Army, ISI knew of Osama safe house: leaked Stratfor email

Washington: Middle to senior level officials in the ISI and military in Pakistan knew the arrangements made for Osama bin Laden at his Abbottabad safe house, claims an email leaked by WikiLeaks of Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence firm.

“Mid-to-senior level ISI and Pak military, with one retired Pak Military General, had knowledge of the OBL (Osama bin Laden) arrangements and safe house,” wrote Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice-president for intelligence in the email to one of his company’s regional director for South Asia soon after the killing of the al-Qaeda chief by the US commandos.

Burton, did not reveal his source, but did say the source was in Pakistan. Less than a dozen people within ISI and Pakistan military had information on Osama, he writes. In the May 13 email, he says, the source did not provide him with names. At the same time, he asserted that the US intelligence knew about it.

Wikileaks alleged that while a large numbers of Stratfor’s clients work in US military and intelligence agencies, it gave a complimentary membership to controversial Pakistan general Hamid Gul, former head of the ISI.

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