WEB DESK: Osama bin Laden was an ISI prisoner in Abbotabad and did not move except under supervision. Moreover, the United States got to OBL through an ex-Pakistani intelligence officer’s help but did not give Pakistan credit, said Seymour Hersh, American author and journalist.
In an article published in the London Review of Books, Hersh called the CIA’s version of the operation conducted to capture OBL ‘a fairy tale’.
He denied the notion that the raid was an all-American affair and none of the senior Inter Service Intelligence men knew about the raid. “ This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll [author of Alice in Wonderland]: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations?,” he wrote.
The Pulitzer prize winning journalist further revealed that it was false that General A Kayyani, former Chief of Army Staff and General Shuja Pasha, former Director General ISI did not know about the raid.
He wrote that that the ISI knew about the raid as early as in 2006.
The report claims that US tracked OBL’s whereabouts by offering $25000 to an Ex-ISI officer who now lives in Washington DC and works as a consultant for the CIA.
Hersh wrote that the Saudi government also knew about OBL’s whereabouts and had advised Pakistanis to keep him as a prisoner.
He also wrote that before the operation the ISI insisted that he be killed and his death be announced a week later. The ISI had also insisted that the Americans say the Al-Qaeda chief was found in the Hindu Kush mountains so that neither Afghanistan nor Pakistan were to be blamed for it.
He wrote that the Obama administration made it sound like an all-America affair because elections were around the corner.
The author also revealed that Dr Shakil Afridi, Pakistani prisoner, and the doctor responsible for carrying out the fake CIA hepatitis campaign did not know about the operation. He was used as a cover-up story, he said.
Hersh is an extra-ordinary investigative journalist who often criticizes the CIA. He broke two of the biggest American war crimes through his books; the first describing an account of the 1968 Mai Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and his 2004 revelation of the U.S. Army abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison