White House Requests Release for Doctor Aiding in binLaden Capture

White House asks Pakistan to release doctor who helped track down Osama bin Laden

The White House today asked Pakistan to release Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the CIA track down Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Afridi, who was arrested immediately after the May 2, 2011 operation by US commandos that killed bin Laden, was convicted for treason over alleged ties to the Lashkar-e-Islam militant group.

“Our position on Dr Afridi has long been clear, and I’m sure we will again make it clear during this visit. We believe his treatment is both unjust and unwarranted. He should be released,” Carney said in response to a question.

“Bringing Osama bin Laden to justice was clearly in Pakistan’s interest, and the prosecution and conviction of Dr Afridi sends exactly the wrong message about the importance of this shared interest. So this is something that we have, in a sustained way, made clear to Pakistan and will continue to do so, including during this visit,” Carney said.

So Pakistan locks this guy up after he helps us bag binLaden. And we give these people money every year?

I will post an account that gives a good background from both perspectives.


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