The State Department increased security around the Pakistan Embassy in Northwest Washington this week after Ambassador Husain Haqqani reported threatening phone calls and emails from people angered that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in Pakistan.
“Some people have gone a little crazy,” Mr. Haqqani told Embassy Row on Thursday.
He quoted from one typical email, which read, “You are the scum of the earth.”
“The plane was taxiing when I got a text message,” he said. “I knew what had happened, but I could do nothing.”
Mr. Haqqani, who already was suffering from a spike in his blood pressure before he left Washington, said, “I took a pill and got a few hours sleep.”
He was supposed to have made a connecting flight at London’s Heathrow Airport and to have flown on to Islamabad for what he called “routine consultations.”
He changed plans and caught the next flight back to Washington Dulles International Airport, where he arrived about 5:30 p.m. Monday and headed immediately for CNN for an interview with Wolf Blitzer an hour later.
The ambassador said his government is “pleased with the outcome” of the raid that killed the world’s most wanted terrorist but upset over the violation of Pakistan’s airspace.
“This was not in accordance with international law,” he said.