Report: Pakistani doctor in regular contact with spies
Dr. Shakil Afridi, attending a Malaria control campaign in Khyber tribal district on July 22, 2010.
July 31st, 2012
01:00 AM ET

Report: Pakistani doctor in regular contact with spies

By Larry Shaughnessy

Dr. Shakil Khan Afridi has been in jail since just a few weeks after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and a new report obtained by CNN sheds some light on just what he is alleged to have done.

Not long after his arrest, officials told CNN Afridi was charged with treason for helping the CIA locate bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad through a fake vaccination campaign.

Bin Laden was killed in the subsequent U.S. raid on the compound in May last year.

But a report recently filed with a Pakistani appeals court alleges that Afridi's contact with "American spies" began long before the vaccination event.

In 2008, Afridi met with the head of the Save the Children organization in Pakistan, the report says, and that man introduced the doctor to a woman named Kate.

She is described as tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed and in her mid-30s.

The report says Kate was Afridi's first "handler."

Between meeting with Kate and the time of his arrested, the report says, he had three other handlers: Toni, Sara and Sue. He met with them more than 20 times in a span of two years, it says.

They would pick him up at prearranged locations, make him lie down in the back seat of a car and cover him with a blanket, it says. The actual meetings took place in converted truck containers that had air conditioning, television and food.

At one point he was given some type of radio and a laptop to communicate with, the report says.

It says the effort against bin Laden began for Afridi in January 2011, when the handler named Sue asked him to start a campaign against hepatitis-B in different areas, including Abbottabad, where bin Laden lived before he was killed.

Sue told Afridi to go personally to Pathan Street, where bin Laden's compound was in Abbottabad, and to keep the radio on in that area, the report says. Afridi was instructed to bring kits and empty bottles back to Islamabad after every vaccination.

But even after encouragement from another health worker, no one at the bin Laden compound agreed to be vaccinated, so the CIA could not get DNA to compare to samples of bin Laden family DNA it already had.

"Despite insisting by the staff of the campaign, members of the house refused to get vaccination," the report says.

The doctor, according to the report, admitted receiving a total of $75,800 from handlers for the vaccination effort.

Just days after bin Laden was killed, Sue told Afridi to flee Pakistan and go to Afghanistan, where he could be protected, the report says. He elected not to leave Pakistan.

He was arrested, tried and convicted of treason. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison and fined $3,500.

He is not appealing his conviction.

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  11. Frangible

    Unfortunately, this just goes to show further how Pakistan is a tribal pro-terrorist nation, the source of the Taliban, and represents a clear and present danger to the US. As long as Pakistan is allowed to continued to exist, they will continue to fund and harbor terrorists, just like they did with Bin Laden.

    Where are the Pakistanis speaking up for this doctor? Against the Taliban? Against the assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud? Against terrorism? Against harboring Osama bin Laden? There are none. Not a single person.

    The irony is, the terrorists they support and fund kill more muslims than "kufir". The Taliban they created, fund and support does not bring Sharia law but merely repressive tribal law. It is not Islam, but violent, illiterate tribalism. And if anyone such as this doctor steps out of line from that tribalism– you can see what happens.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  12. ddpp

    Dr is not appealing his conviction. He is more secure inside.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  13. RLTJ's

    If you are hunting for an enemy in a gray suit, watch out he might now be wearing a blue or red suit and you are lost.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  14. RLTJ's

    Did not you heart other reports? Talibans are happy over Pakistn's reopening of Nato supply line? They are now embed in the country's political and economic power.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  15. Truthissingular

    Save the Children, USAID...and all the others! Let's not forget Warren Weinstein Obama has, and then there is 'The Embassies.'

    Nuff said. If I need to say it , you won't or don't want to get it.

    God forbid..a dog is a dog and a cat a cat. These Trolls can't excist without deciet, lies , misdirection, Using(like pimps and molesters)

    all I see, are Cowards afraid to Be it, Declare it and Get it Done.

    And in the mean time..."Others" pay for 'There Glory"
    Just like Assad, Gaddafi,Mao,Hitler,on and on and on.........

    July 31, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  16. Irfan

    If you people (mainly Indian trolls) are sober and not drunk which seems not likely from your slur, logic can be explained. While prosecuting it is always the motive which is to be seen( am i correct). Once The Dr Afiridi was hired by US agencies, as per the law of any country he was working against the country's interest. WHY!! because he was not told by US agents that he was helping to find OBL. He took money from a foreign agent working covertly in Pakistan whose motive was unknown and he did not know that why he was being paid, so he was selling himself and his country on payment for another country. Please read this once you people are sober or once you finish with your cow P drink in case you upper cast hindu junkee.
    The doc was not aware that he was helping in tracing OBL, he was just selling himself for any task for 61 thousand dollars and undercover 3 call girls to a foreign.
    In same scenario, US law will sentence this doctor to 120 years in jail.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • USMAN mehBOOB

      No bhai jaan i think your salwaar is too tight and you cant think right now ... pakistan was hiding obl his wife and kids
      in safe army area .while our hero dr helped the world to get rid of most wanted terrorist ..he can use his money for whatever he wants atleast he used his money on girls no like every other pakistani on donkeys and mujrabazzi πŸ˜‰

      July 31, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
      • Irfan

        I am 100% sure that your name is not Usman Mahboob and you are upper cast junkee.
        Unless you will not refrain from taking your gao mata cow P drink, you will always bark such non sense. Remember, OBL was not living in a garrison city as that was just a country side rural area outskirts suburban area of military academy. Indian slumdogs barks non sense and remember.

        You perhaps don't know Pakistani's size so be careful and tight your langoat next time you see some Pakistani as espacially pashtuns as they don't go for donkeys but upper cast vegetarians.

        July 31, 2012 at 11:27 am |
      • USMAN mehBOOB

        Ifran bhia if someone is againt there own countries policies so that means he is Indian? lols and nothing wrong with cow pee .. in our religion we are supposed to drink camel pee to get rid of our sins and marry our beloved sisters to keep the precious low caste poosy in family .. u must be ugly low caste shia for sure .. i cant tell by ur language

        July 31, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  17. aishia bibi



    July 31, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
  18. Pakistani


    July 31, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
  19. Mr Mister


    July 31, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • USMAN mehBOOB

      ask your mother about his other activities

      July 31, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
    • mombser2

      If he was working for the West- who cares!

      July 31, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
  20. obama leaves troops behind

    obama is a failure .

    July 31, 2012 at 7:20 am | Reply
    • ed

      As opposed to that "raging success" that was his simpleton predecessor, right?

      July 31, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
  21. joesmith

    the next time you get gas for your car, maybe you will think twice whose pumping it, moreover, your very own govern't has poured billions of $$ to this nation, for what..keep working, keep giving, so hostle nations propped up by your tax $$ can harbour wackos, and the beat goes on..

    July 31, 2012 at 6:22 am | Reply
  22. Jeremy

    Good. I'm glad he was in contact with spies. We were looking for Bin Laden. Americans complained for so long that we couldn't find Bin Laden. When we do find him, now people want to complain about how we did it. Admit it, American people. You'll never be happy with anything the US does, no matter what it is. Yet, you'll never move out of this country. How ridiculous can you be?

    July 31, 2012 at 5:51 am | Reply
  23. guest

    Pakistan government, shame on you.... shame .... shame... to the the 7th generation of your children's children...

    July 31, 2012 at 5:13 am | Reply
    • Khan

      why shame? From the details by CNN, this is pretty much a treason case. You are taking money from a foreign intelligence agency while helping them in their operation. Unless CIA can show proof that the doctor was aware that this campaign is to get DNA for OBL who is believed to be living in this compound, this is an open/shut case of treason.

      July 31, 2012 at 5:30 am | Reply
      • mombser2

        Wrong Mr Khan-
        The Pakistan government agreed to ally themselves with catching bin-Laden as well as fighting the terrorists.
        This man , maybe without the knowledge of the government, however was doing just what they said they would.

        July 31, 2012 at 7:55 am |
      • Silver

        Khan, if helping to locate Bin Laden is deemed treason in Pakistan then Pakistan is an enemy of the UN as well as the US and NATO.

        July 31, 2012 at 8:03 am |
  24. escher7

    They offered to protect him in Afghanistan and he chose not to go. A helicopter would have picked him up and taken him to a U.S. base for safety and ultimately he would have been granted asylum in the U.S. He made the bad call.

    July 31, 2012 at 3:56 am | Reply
    • Joe

      He made the correct decision to not go with the fatso american and eat mcdonalds..

      July 31, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
  25. blaasdl

    Hang the traitor.

    July 31, 2012 at 3:27 am | Reply
    • Bob

      Pakis are the traitors, they take american money and then turn around and betrait Americans..

      July 31, 2012 at 6:06 am | Reply
      • Nocturnal

        Americans are the most dumb people on earth. They do not have anything else to do other than attacking weaker countries and killing trillions of innocent people. Get the hell out of our country. We hate you America and that filthy traitor should be hanged to death 100 times.

        July 31, 2012 at 6:55 am |
      • mombser2

        Nocturnal- And who is the first country that those in dire need run to for financial aid- It `aint Pakistan. Its the US.

        July 31, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  26. mmi16

    Pakistan persuing this case just proves that their chain of command & control knew of the binLaden presence and whereabouts. They are shamed that the US pulled off a sucessful operation in spite of the 'protection' the Pakistani were knowlingly providing.

    July 31, 2012 at 3:00 am | Reply
    • fzs114

      you know more than poanetta,

      July 31, 2012 at 4:06 am | Reply
      • Bob

        Before Panetta Gates and before that the dommy of Rumesfield knew about it and did nothing, was Panetta the one that took acction..

        July 31, 2012 at 6:09 am |
  27. iR

    even if he had gone to Afghanistan, for little chances for him to escape once he was on the radar. and secondly this has put an end to all NGOs in that province and made work difficult in other provinces.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:25 am | Reply

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