Pakistan denies Wiki claim on Osama
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday rubbished Wiki-Leaks disclosure that some of its intelligence and army officers were in touch al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden and knew his whereabouts before his killing in Abbottabad last year. "These kinds of charges are not new. It is rubbish and tantamount to kite flying - far from the truth," said Pakistan military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas.
The claim was made in emails allegedly from USbased think tank Stratfor, which were published by the whistle blowing website along with its five million emails on Monday. Many have argued that Osama could not have lived close to a military academy in Abbottabad without the knowledge of Pakistan's spy agencies. One email said Stratfor was shown information from material taken from bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad and alleged that 12 officials may have known that he had a safe house there.
Activist group Anonymous had hacked Stratfor's computers in December.Stratfor founder and CEO George Friedman called WikiLeaks publication of the emails "a deplorable, unfortunate and illegal breach of privacy'' . "Like all private emails, they were written casually, with no expectation that anyone other than the sender and recipient would ever see them."