Islamabad: Trashing the official American government’s report on Killing A-Qaeda chief Osama-Bin-Laden, American journalist Seymour Hersh claimed that, Most of the details that the White House provided about 2011 Abbottabad raid by US Navy SEALs are “lies” and that America did not act alone in staging Osama raid but was helped by Pakistani military and ISI.
He claims that Osama was ISI’s prisoner in Abbottabad since 2006 and Pak Army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of the ISI both knew of the planned US raid in advance and also made sure that the two helicopters delivering the US Navy Seals to Abbottabad could cross Pakistani airspace without triggering any alarms”
Hersh has cited “a retired senior intelligence official who was knowledgeable about the initial intelligence about bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad” as his source.
In one of the most sensational revelations, Hersh rejects the US claim that it got information on Osama by tracking his couriers.
Hersh writes that the crucial lead about Osama’s whereabouts came in the form of a “walk-in” by a former Pakistani intelligence officer, who was ready to divulge Osama’s address to the CIA in exchange of USD 25 million bounty on the head of the al-Qaeda chief.
Osama was killed in Abbottabad on the night of May 2, 2011, in a covert raid conducted by US Navy Seal.