Fate of bin Laden raid doctor concerns SecDef
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January 28th, 2012
11:19 AM ET

Fate of bin Laden raid doctor concerns SecDef

By CNN Wire Staff

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is acknowledging publicly the key role a Pakistani doctor who assisted the United States ahead of the strike on Osama bin Laden's compound last May that killed the terrorism mastermind.

The doctor who provided key information ought to be released, Panetta told CBS's "60 Minutes" in a segment set to air Sunday.

"I'm very concerned about what the Pakistanis did with this individual," Panetta told CBS. "This was an individual who in fact helped provide intelligence that was very helpful with regards to this operation. And he was not in any way treasonous towards Pakistan."

Dr. Shakeel Afridi helped the CIA use a vaccination campaign to collect DNA samples from residents of bin Laden's to verify the terror leader's presence there.

Pakistan, which expressed its anger over the raid without consulting Pakistani authorities, has charged Afridi with treason.

"Pakistan and the United States have a common cause here against terrorism, have a common cause against al Qaeda," Panetta said. "And for them to take this kind of action against somebody who was helping to go after terrorism, I just think is a real mistake on their part."

Panetta said Pakistan can discipline Afridi in whatever manner it deems appropriate but the doctor should be released.

Many analysts felt U.S. officials had kept quiet about Afridi so as to not implicate him.

Panetta also told CBS that he remains convinced that someone in authority in Pakistan knew that bin Laden was hiding in the city of Abbottabad, a largely military community outside the capital, Islamabad.

He said there were intelligence reports of Pakistani helicopters passing over the bin Laden compound. He also questioned why the Pakistanis would not notice the vast complex with 18-foot walls.

"So you would have thought that somebody would have asked the question, 'What the hell's going on there?'" Panetta said. "I personally have always felt that somebody must have had some sense of what was happening at this compound."

Panetta said the United States chose not to inform Pakistan of the raid due to security concerns.

"We had seen some military helicopters actually going over this compound. And for that reason, it concerned us that, if we, in fact, brought (Pakistan) into it, that they might ... give bin Laden a heads up."


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  2. Robert the first Lantz

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    January 30, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • Robert the first Lantz

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      January 30, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
  3. Peaceword

    JIHADIST (al Qaeda influenced) CONTROLLED PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT

    ...An enormous part of Pakistan’s government (a Nuclear Weapon equiped state) is influenced by Jihadists who religiously believe that "Jihadism" is the will of Allah. Thus, the larger part of the government of Pakistan (a Nuclear Weapon equiped state) supported bin Ladin while presenting
    the United States with a deceptive front concealing Pakistan’s government is saturated with Jihadists who were sympathetic enough to bin Ladin's causes to supply bin Ladin with Pakistan's hand-carried Nuclear Landmines – "Suitcase Nukes" – that could be deployed by bin Ladin against the United States and her NATO allies in Europe.
    . . .Meanwhile, the U.S. has continued to lavish Billions of dollars in foreign aid to Pakistan while the US President expresses concern that Pakistan's government was sheltering bin Ladin in the military city of Abbotabad, Pakistan while bin Ladin directed al Qaeda mass-murder attacks across the globe in the U.S., Europe, and Africa.
    . . .Of course, the U.S. has allowed itself to be used by Pakistan before, during, and after the U.S. killed bin Ladin.
    . . .The obvious question in all this is: "how could the U.S. continue to give foreign aid to Pakistan with the full knowledge that Pakistan was a co-conspirator together with bin Ladin while he mass-murdered
    large numbers of human beings across the globe in the U.S., Europe, and Africa?"
    . . .The larger question related to this is: "where are the Nuclear Landmines that the Jihadists in Pakistan’s government have managed to supply to al Qaeda for concealment in he U.S., Europe, and Africa?" Are there any Pakistan Nuclear Landmines concealed by al Qaeda in the U.S., Europe, and Africa?"

    January 30, 2012 at 1:39 am | Reply
  4. SCOTT ALEXANDER

    BLOW THEM OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH

    January 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  5. ram

    What would america do if someone in this country were to assist the Italian government come into this same country and pick up the 13 CIA agents that allegedly are wanted in Italy for absconding with a citizen of Italy? I guess they will give him 25 million dollars.

    January 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  6. Jonathan Pollard zionist American Spy Traitor laughing at you

    What the heck, Panetta!

    C'mon, this jerk off doctor worked as a spy against his country. He should be shot and it would be deserved.

    Now, if he was a zionist dog traitor spy like me, he would have been taken care of. Soon, I'm getting out of jail for spying against the U.S. of A. – It doesn't matter if I was born in the U.S of A.. spying does pay. Heck, when I get out of jail next year, I will be released to move to racist apartheid isarel – there I will be a hero. Yep! a big time hero and I'm going to be rich, too! I'll be spending millions of dollars – thank you dumb Americans with your free money/foreign aid to israel. I'll be getting a piece of it. Ha ha.

    It will be coming to me. ha ha ha, plus I'm going to get a lot of poon-tang bootie calls from loose Russian zionist women.

    yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Yep, that paki doctor is dead or will be dead. They shoot traitors in Pakistan, but here in America, if you are a captured zionist spy, you do a few years in prison and then they let you go. Remember the U.S.S. Liberty – my zionist brothers killed U.S. Navy personal and heck, my brothers who killed them – nothing happened to them. WE OWN YOU DUMB Americans. We can kill your people (9-11) steal from you (Fed. Reserve) and nothing happens.

    Yep, it pays to be a dirty evil zionist spy traitor. Oh yeah, Panetta works for us.

    January 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
    • Iranacockuptheirass

      You my friend are a dip shit. No wonder your in jail...may 6000 camels hump the mouth of your mother while she gets it in the anal from your own monkey people

      January 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
      • Chickenhawks are Scum

        I think you're going too easy on him.

        January 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
      • robroy

        well well it's not hard to tell by your little mind that your a sick little perv.You must have fantasized being in that squad of marines that pissed on those dead Afghans and having the leftovers(by the sounds of your name)climaxing with you fathering offspring off these corpses that you could claim as your family of little DEADF@#K'S!!!

        January 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
      • Iranacockuptheirass

        No,I didn't fantasize......While they were peeing on your brothers mothers fathers. I was shitting down there throats while you were sucking my cock ya fuckin rag head....May 1000 camels fill your mouth with Marine piss you anal licking whore.....you got yours cumin punkin...sit back and watch

        January 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  7. mipolitic

    how many concerns will arise in the future about the bin laden opp, just to remind the voters who got bin laden hey mr pres. ok mr pres , seal team 6 , did the work and you can take the credit for it mr pres. thank you for giving the order mr pres.

    January 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  8. Jimmy Le

    Of course the Government knew about him being there. Why else would they arrest this DR? Pakistan just wants our aid money. We're giving our money right to the damn Terrorists!!!

    January 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  9. mipolitic

    well it sounds like that pakistan is going to be the trustee for the DR and want the 25 million that was the bounty on bin ladins head. pay half the money and the doc will be free to come to the states i bet. but i also bet the doc will not get the other half. but i also bet that this was talked about long before i posted this. i would like to see dead pics of bin laden like the rest of the world . move on from old news what about irans nukes?

    January 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  10. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/interior-attack/

    January 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  11. Portland tony

    If this man gave us Bin Laden and he is being held by "friendlies", the US should vet him and his entire family out of harm's way yesterday! The Pakistanis be damned. Thr search for Bin Laden is one of the primary reasons we took out the Taliban from neighboring Afghanistan and are in that region at all. If we turn our back on this man, we will never ever get similar help from anyone. Don't we owe him some of that "dead or alive" award money?

    January 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • henry

      took out the taliban from afghanistan?? when?? they are still there in full force and the great U.S. OF A is negotiating with the taliban. Hey numb skull nobody has gone there and won, ask the British and Russians.

      January 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  12. rk

    US ahould have picked up this doc guy......and not left him with terrorists......

    January 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • robroy

      REALLY? Your American intelligence agencies would have deemed this poor bugger as collateral damage,like the Iraqi standing on the street corner minding his own business or the Afghan boys picking firewood.You know,their just a number in your world excuse's of bullshit.Why give someone else the credit, when you can pat yourself on the back.This shouldn't come to a surprise.When Bush an Cheney did their foreign policy intelligence decisions,they would look at a map of the world with their eye's closed an say EENIE,MEENIE,MYNIE,MOE see where this going folks,bullshit for excuses,numbers department for collateral deaths and life goes on.So give the Iranians a 6 pack of nukes for their arsenal.Like the ole saying goes"when you have nukes your safe,its when you don't,get ready to hold on to your balls"

      January 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
      • Iranacockuptheirass

        Damn, I hate fags, and rag heads which means this dip shit contaminates the the world twice bad. May 5000 camels love you long time because thats they way you monkey fuck people like it

        January 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm |

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