More on the Bin Laden Story: Pakistan Delivered

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According to sources in the US intelligence community, bin Laden was near/in Islamabad, Pakistan.
He was with family in a compound.
Leads from Pakistan ISI — that’s right — ISI, led US forces and intel to the site.***
The US used own sources to confirm and “received clearance to strike from Pakistan.”
According to my source, “US direct action with strong assist and support from Pakistan” killed Osama bin Laden.
— Steve Clemons
***Update: At the time of my writing the above, my sources in the military and CIA shared the background statement above that ISI participated in supporting the Navy Seals action. It seems increasingly clear that this is not true, or at least the truth is murky. I’ll leave the original posting up as this was what I was told by an informed source (and confirmed by another) who may in retrospect have either been misinformed, or working to spin a story perhaps, or ultimately accurate. I have to admit to doubts about this claim now given what we are learning. Thanks to those of you who have commented.
Best, Steve Clemons

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16 comments on “More on the Bin Laden Story: Pakistan Delivered

  1. SS says:

    Probably too late. but I think Steve’s earlier
    sources were rt. No way is BHO going there w/o a
    near-guarantee that Pak assets would not be
    scrambles.

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  2. Stone says:

    It’s not clear that we went in with “orders to kill.” Seems we went in with orders to kill OR capture, preferably the latter.
    It was actually bin Laden who had the greatest motivation not to be captured alive.

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  3. Cee says:

    Let’s look at the history of the US and Pakistan
    1976: CIA and Other Intelligence Agencies Use BCCI
    to Control and Manipulate Criminals and Terrorists
    Worldwide
    Agha Hasan Abedi. [Source: Terry Kirk / Financial
    Times]
    Investigative journalist Joseph Trento will later
    report that in 1976, the Safari Club, a newly
    formed secret cabal of intelligence agencies (see
    September 1, 1976-Early 1980s), decides it needs a
    network of banks to help finance its intelligence
    operations. Saudi Intelligence Minister Kamal
    Adham is given the task.

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  4. CDW says:

    1. The choppers wakened people around the city during the attack as evidenced by the tweets.
    2. bin Ladin’s compound was within yards of the military school
    3. the military students and instructors must have heard the choppers, too
    4. the military school probably had weapons ready to go AND/OR could communicate with the Pakistani army
    Ergo, there must have been some kind of cooperation between the two countries since the commandos were not killed and the choppers (except for maybe 1)were not shot down.

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  5. JoshM says:

    Steve, I admire the correction. Pakistan is
    definitely on the wrong end of this situation, and
    we’ll all be looking on angrily as more details come
    out. After all, how can the Pakistani military
    ignore the largest compound near its “West Point”
    and truly have such minimal information about who
    lives there? Clearly, the ISI was working against US
    interests, and this evidence is the nail in the
    coffin of the US-Pakistan intelligence relationship.

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  6. JoshM says:

    Steve, I admire the correction. Pakistan is
    definitely on the wrong end of this situation, and
    we’ll all be looking on angrily as more details come
    out. After all, how can the Pakistani military
    ignore the largest compound near its “West Point”
    and truly have such minimal information about who
    lives there? Clearly, the ISI was working against US
    interests, and this evidence is the nail in the
    coffin of the US-Pakistan intelligence relationship.

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  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    We KNOW for a fact that the ISI General, Mahmud Ahmed was directly involved in funding Atta. We KNOW that Goss and Graham were meeting with Ahmed on 9/10/01. Therefore there is NO QUESTION of ISI involvement, and Pakistani duplicity, in the crime committed on 9/11/01. Telling, isn’t it, that Ahmed was never pursued or indicted for his role in this charade??

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  8. Steve Clemons says:

    POA — agree with you on this. See update above. best, steve

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  9. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Maybe *some* people in Pakistan’s ISI delivered. But it is hardly credible to say “Pakistan” delivered. The guys was in a major suburb inside a *specially built compound*. The compound had massive walls and barbed wire. It allegedly stood out like a sore thumb, since it was much larger than anything in the vicinity. Clearly some very powerful people must have known what it was for”
    Is Dan the only person here with more than two brain celkls to rub together? WTF would we go in with “orders to kill”??? If the opportunity to capture arose, wouldn’t it be prudent to question the boogie man that has been used as the justification for the wars of the last ten years, the erosion of our civil rights and privacies, and the expenditure of trillions of dollars?
    We really are a nation of gullible jackasses. Isn’t there an end to the inventory of Snake Oil we are willing to buy from the shysters in DC? Will the shelves ever run dry?
    Buried at sea. Right. Uh huh.

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  10. Steve Clemons says:

    Caitlyn – thanks for note above. Please see my update. As folks were rushing for news last night, I made inquiries of folks at DoD and CIA and this was background given to me. I now doubt it, but it doesn’t change what was given…so leaving it up, anotated, as I want it in the record. It’s clear as we learn more from White House that this was extremely close hold operation — and that any tips to Pakistan seem to be in doubt….we’ll have to wait and learn more. Again, thanks — so for those reading this, I doubt the info I received last night…but just in case am leaving that information with a notation on the blog as it is among the information I received from government sources late Sunday night/very early Monday morning. All best, steve clemons

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  11. Caitlyn Antrim says:

    Steve, you are the only commentator I have read today that has
    given credit to the Pakistani ISI for the US location and successful
    attack on his compound. Most others point out that Bin Laden lived
    in a multi-million dollar compound with obviously high security in
    the same town only 50 miles from Islamabad as a military academy
    and had been there for a long time.
    You either have a big scoop or a bit of misdirection here. I hope
    you can follow this deeper to let us know which it is.

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  12. Ted Williams says:

    Steve, I recommend you hold off on asserting that Pakistan
    actually helped with the raid that nailed OBL. There are
    many reports today suggesting the opposite. Recommend
    reserving judgment until better-sourced information comes in.

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  13. jonst says:

    Bullshit! For once, let us speak the truth. There is no way, no friggin way, this guy could have hid in the middle of a big city, in a mansion no less, without the significant, very significant, cooperation of the Pak Govt, Military and ISI forces. For once, to hell with the feelings of the Paks. To hell with them. They have always aided and abetted this guy and his organization.
    They got him DESPITE the efforts of the Pak nation.

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  14. MI. Chaudhry says:

    This is obviouly a good news for the uSA and the world. But Pakistan should have have been in this operation.

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  15. kasha says:

    Steve-
    NBC is reporting that Pakistan was NOT notified in advance that the U.S. had info on OBL whereabouts or on the impending raid likely because of previous suspicions of Pakistanis tipping off al Qaeda.

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  16. Dan Kervick says:

    Maybe *some* people in Pakistan’s ISI delivered. But it is hardly credible to say “Pakistan” delivered. The guys was in a major suburb inside a *specially built compound*. The compound had massive walls and barbed wire. It allegedly stood out like a sore thumb, since it was much larger than anything in the vicinity. Clearly some very powerful people must have known what it was for.

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