Germany tipped off US on Osama bin Laden location

Germany’s BND helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by a tipoff from an informant by the ISI, the Pakistani intellegence team.

Germany tipped off US on Osama bin Laden location

World Bulletin / News Desk

Germany's Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) provided the United States with information as to the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, before he was killed in May 2011 by US special forces in Pakistan, the "Bild am Sonntag" newspaper reported on Sunday.

 BND told the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that bin Laden was in hiding in Pakistan and that security officials in Pakistan were fully aware of this.

It said the BND tipped off the CIA that bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan with the knowledge of Pakistani security authorities - information it received from an informant within the country's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

In an article in the Deutxch Welle paper over the weekend, it was reported that Asad Munir, a former ISI head in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told DW the Pakistani government should release a report on bin Laden's death "So the people may know the facts and motives about Osama bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad."

The newspaper also reported that BND helped CIA with additional information gained through telephone monitoring and email control through its base in the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling however justification had not been provided for the provision of internet data.

Germany is currently under the spotlight as recent reports released in the country have stated that the BND spied on France and the European Union on behalf of the United States from the base as well.

Al Qaeda started to operate in Pakistan after Western forces replaced the Taliban government in Afghanistan in 2001. After that, many fighters fled to the Pakistani border and started to work in small mobilized groups to carry out surprise attacks on military and civilian targets, causing deaths and disruption.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Mayıs 2015, 12:59