March 20, 2014
Bombshell that Shocks Precisely No One: Pakistanis Knew Osama bin Laden Lived a Few Hundred Yards from Military Academy
And the whole world gasps in shock and horror to learn that the Pakistanis knew exactly where Osama bin Laden was, and that he had a "handler" to watch over him (said no one ever):
In trying to prove that the ISI knew of Bin Laden’s whereabouts and protected him, I struggled for more than two years to piece together something other than circumstantial evidence and suppositions from sources with no direct knowledge. Only one man, a former ISI chief and retired general, Ziauddin Butt, told me that he thought Musharraf had arranged to hide Bin Laden in Abbottabad. But he had no proof and, under pressure, claimed in the Pakistani press that he’d been misunderstood. Finally, on a winter evening in 2012, I got the confirmation I was looking for. According to one inside source, the ISI actually ran a special desk assigned to handle Bin Laden. It was operated independently, led by an officer who made his own decisions and did not report to a superior. He handled only one person: Bin Laden. I was sitting at an outdoor cafe when I learned this, and I remember gasping, though quietly so as not to draw attention. (Two former senior American officials later told me that the information was consistent with their own conclusions.) This was what Afghans knew, and Taliban fighters had told me, but finally someone on the inside was admitting it. The desk was wholly deniable by virtually everyone at the ISI — such is how supersecret intelligence units operate — but the top military bosses knew about it, I was told.You have to read the rest of this *bombshell* as the details are actually kind of interesting even if the conclusion was foregone and the NYTimes writer annoyingly puts herself at the center of the piece.
The main point of it, I guess, is that when the US leaves Afghanistan that our *ally* in Pakistan is pretty much going to ramp up the proxy war it's been fighting through the Taliban oh these many years. Which, again, surprises practically no one.