Was Pakistan’s government or military involved in hiding Bin Laden?

May 3, 2011

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Osama bin Laden has been killed but questions remain.

When U.S. forces found and killed Osama bin Laden, he was in a million-dollar estate, just feet from a military base and only 35 miles from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. Reports reveal bin Laden may have hidden in the compound for years.

John O. Brennan, who serves as President Obama’s top adviser on terrorism, pledged today to “get to the bottom” of whether the Pakistani government provided help to Osama bin Laden in his decade-long efforts to avoid detection.

Pakistan’s government today denied any prior knowledge of the raid that killed bin Laden, but said it had been sharing information about the targeted compound with the CIA since 2009.

Anatol Lieven is a professor in the war studies department at King's College London and author of the book Pakistan: A Hard Country. He examines some of the puzzling questions surrounding Osama bin Laden.