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CIA’s fake vaccination drive found bin Laden’s DNA in Pakistan

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Anyone mind if I pick some ganja from the field next door?

The CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in the town where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in an elaborate attempt to obtain DNA from the fugitive al-Qaida leader’s family, a Guardian investigation has found.

As part of extensive preparations for the raid that killed Bin Laden in May, CIA agents recruited a senior Pakistani doctor to organise the vaccine drive in Abbottabad, even starting the “project” in a poorer part of town to make it look more authentic, according to Pakistani and US officials and local residents.

The doctor, Shakil Afridi, has since been arrested by the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) for co-operating with American intelligence agents…

The vaccination plan was conceived after American intelligence officers tracked an al-Qaida courier, known as Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti, to what turned out to be Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound last summer. The agency monitored the compound by satellite and surveillance from a local CIA safe house in Abbottabad, but wanted confirmation that Bin Laden was there before mounting a risky operation inside another country…

Pakistani intelligence became aware of the doctor’s activities during the investigation into the US raid in which Bin Laden was killed on the top floor of the Abbottabad house. Islamabad refused to comment officially on Afridi’s arrest, but one senior official said: “Wouldn’t any country detain people for working for a foreign spy service?”

The doctor is one of several people suspected of helping the CIA to have been arrested by the ISI, but he is thought to be the only one still in custody…

I love the outrage from sleazy Pakistan bureaucrats when their purported standards are breached. We’re supposed to accept the myth of inviolable comradeship from Ferengis who would sell their nation to the highest bidder in any war fought with gold pieces. And also the second-high bidder, the third, etc…

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Written by Ed Campbell

July 12, 2011 at 6:00 am

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  1. I wonder if the Doctor’s dental plan covers accidents while in the custody of the Pakistani ISI.

    Mr. Fusion

    July 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

  2. This is outrageous. The President should acknowledge this debacle and make a statement to save face for the U.S. if nothing else.

    Jay B. Born

    July 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm


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