Leaked Report Provides Details of Bin Laden's Life on the Run

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

For almost a decade Osama Bin Laden lived in Pakistan. His capture and the discovery that he had been hiding there all along were embarrassing for Pakistan and put a strain on U.S.-Pakistani relations.

Now, a new Pakistani government report leaked to Al Jazeera earlier this week reveals what Pakistan did and did not know, and provides details of Bin Laden's life on the run.

The report, which the government had suppressed for six months before it was leaked, is scathing toward both the United States and Pakistan. All in all, it's one of the more honest and straight-forward reports to come out of Pakistan.

It contained skepticism about the testimony of government officials, entertained the idea that security officials had covertly helped Bin Laden, and admitted that important questions remained unanswered.

Akbar Ahmed is the chair of Islamic Studies at American University and Pakistan’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the report and what it could mean on a larger scale.

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