Pakistan’s government in the past had denied bin Laden was hiding in its territory. A senior U.S. intelligence official said that Pakistan’s ISI military intelligence service operates a special directorate that had direct contacts with terrorist groups, such as al Qaeda.
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Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon (www.freebeacon.com). He has been with The Times since 1985.
He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.
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