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Pakistan army dismisses WikiLeaks' allegations on Bin Laden's whereabouts

(Xinhua)

08:34, February 29, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan army Tuesday denied WikiLeaks cable's allegation that Pakistan military and the main intelligence officials had been aware of the presence of Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad.

The U.S. military killed the former al-Qaida Chief on May 2, 2011, which had caused embarrassment for the Pakistani government.

The WikiLeaks claimed that middle to senior level officials in the ISI(Inter-Services Intelligence) and military in Pakistan knew the arrangements made for Osama bin Laden at his Abbottabad safe house.

Pakistan's army spokesman Maj. Gen Athar Abbas denied the allegations about the contacts between Pakistani intelligence officials and Osama bin Laden.

Gen. Abbas in his reaction rejected what he called the so called "leaks" and said that they are nothing but a pile of a baseless fabrication.

"These charges are not new. These leaks are actually oldwine in new bottle", he said.

"Mid-to-senior level ISI and Pak military, with one retired Pak Military General, had knowledge of the OBL (Osama bin laden) arrangements and safe house," wrote Fred Burton, Stratfor's vice- president for intelligence in an email, leaked by WikiLeaks, to one of his company's regional director for South Asia soon after the killing of the al-Qaida chief by the U.S. commandos.

Burton, one of the world's foremost experts on security, terrorists and terrorist organisations, however, did not reveal his source, but he did say the source was in Pakistan.

Less than a dozen people within ISI and Pakistan military had information on Osama, he writes. In the May 13 email, he says, the source did not provide him with names. At the same time, he asserted that the U.S. intelligence knew about it.

Wikileaks alleged that while a large numbers of Stratfor's clients work in the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, it gave a complimentary membership to controversial Pakistan general Hamid Gul, former head of the ISI.

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