Obama: Bin Laden got help from inside

Pakistani boys walk toward Osama bin Laden’s final hideout as military and police keep the area cordoned off in Abbottabad.

Osama bin Laden likely had “some sort” of a support network inside Pakistan, President Barack Obama said yesterday, but added it will take investigations by Pakistan and the United States to find out the nature of that support.

“We think there had to be some sort of support network for bin Laden inside of Pakistan,” Obama said in an excerpt of an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” program which aired in full last night.

“But we don’t know who or what that support network was. We don’t know whether there might have been some people inside of government, people outside of government — and that’s something that we have to investigate and, more importantly, the Pakistani government has to investigate,” Obama said.

The interview comes a week after the al Qaeda leader was killed by U.S. commandos in a garrison town a short drive from Pakistan’s capital.

Pakistan’s government has “indicated they have a profound interest in finding out what kinds of support networks bin Laden might have had,” Obama said. “But these are questions that we’re not going to be able to answer three or four days after the event. It’s going to take some time for us to be able to exploit the intelligence that we were able to gather on-site.”

In other television appearances by administration officials yesterday, the White House took some heat off Pakistan’s government, saying it had no evidence that Islamabad knew bin Laden was living in the country.

“I can tell you directly that I’ve not seen evidence that would tell us that the political, the military, or the intelligence leadership had foreknowledge of bin Laden,” U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is scheduled to “take the nation into confidence” in parliament on Monday, his first statement to the people more than a week after the attack on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, 30 miles north of Islamabad, embarrassed the country and raised fears of a new rift between Islamabad and Washington.

After probe, ‘heads will roll’

Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S. said “heads will roll” after his country finishes its investigation into how Osama bin Laden managed to hide out near the capital city of Islamabad in the compound where he was killed by U.S. forces.

Once the investigation is complete, “if those heads are rolled on account of incompetence, we will share that information,” Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani said on ABC’s “This Week” program. “And if, God forbid, somebody’s complicity is discovered, there will be zero tolerance for that.”



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