NBC News has a new report backing a significant part of Seymour Hersh’s blockbuster story:
Two intelligence sources tell NBC News that the year before the
U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a “walk in” asset from
Pakistani intelligence told the CIA where the most wanted man in
the world was hiding - and these two sources plus a third say that
the Pakistani government knew where bin Laden was hiding all
The NBC News sources who confirm that a Pakistani intelligence
official became a “walk in” asset include the special operations
officer and a CIA officer who had served in Pakistan. These two
sources and a third source, a very senior former U.S. intelligence
official, also say that elements of the ISI were aware of bin
Laden’s presence in Abbottabad. The former official was emphatic
about the ISI’s awareness, saying twice, “They knew.”
See Also: The Intercept points to R.J. Hillhouse, who posted this report back in August 2011 on her website, The Spy Who Billed Me. Her story, seemingly from different sources than Hersh’s, is largely in line with his report.
Update: NBC has retracted their original report. The story now claims:
While the Pakistani intelligence asset provided vital information
in the hunt for bin Laden, he did not provide the location of the
al Qaeda leader’s Abottabad, Pakistan compound, sources said.
Three sources also said that some officials in the Pakistani
government knew where bin Laden was hiding all along.
★ Monday, 11 May 2015