Surprise! Al-Qaeda operative whom Pakistan promised not to release is free and back with al-Qaeda

War is deceit,” Muhammad said. Has the memo perhaps gotten all the way around Washington by now that Pakistan can’t be trusted? “Linchpin in hunt for bin Laden back with al-Qaida,” by Adam Goldman for the Associated Press, June 15:

WASHINGTON — A key al-Qaida operative returned to Pakistan by the CIA after he gave the U.S. information that eventually led to the location of Osama bin Laden has since rejoined al-Qaida, U.S. officials say.

The agency returned Hassan Ghul to Pakistan not long after the CIA closed its remaining secret prisons in Eastern Europe in 2006.

The CIA had been given assurances that Ghul, a native of Pakistan, would not go free. But Pakistan failed to keep its word. Ghul was let go and later rejoined al-Qaida, angering the CIA officers who worked so hard to take him off the battlefield, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials.

Pakistan’s decision to free Ghul is yet another troubling revelation at a time when the U.S. is rethinking its relationship with Pakistan and whether it can be a trusted ally in fighting terrorism. Members of Congress have talked about ending aid to Pakistan after bin Laden was found inside Pakistan, hiding out in an urban area not far from a military garrison. Last week, CIA Director Leon Panetta confronted Pakistan’s intelligence service about tipping off militants running bomb factories aimed at killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Ghul’s return to Pakistan also raises questions about how the Bush administration, which was committed to keeping arguably less dangerous detainees locked up at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could hand over the man who provided the key information about bin Laden’s trusted courier, intelligence that in May led to bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. commandos.

The move frustrated former CIA officers, who at the time believed Ghul should have been moved to Guantanamo along with 14 other high-value detainees like Abu Zubaydah, a major al-Qaida facilitator, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

A U.S. official said Pakistan made promises that it would hold Ghul, only to let him go and re-establish contact with al-Qaida. A senior Pakistani intelligence official said he had no information about Ghul….

“Ghul who?”

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  1. says

    Ghul’s return to Pakistan also raises questions about how the Bush administration, which was committed to keeping arguably less dangerous detainees locked up at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…

    Who decides which ‘detainee’ is arguably less dangerous, Adam Goldman? That sounds suspiciously like a slap at Bush…I notice that Gitmo is still open, and probably the arguably less dangerous are still languishing there…guests of Rasool Obama…And is Gitmo a prison? You don’t have ‘detainee’s’ in prison, you have convicts…

    The bottom line to this story is that Pakistan is not trustworthy…It never has been and it never will be…The sooner the politicians running the show realize that, the better…

  2. says

    Surprise, surprise that Pakistan did not keep its words. West has still not learned – Muslims can never be trusted. They are first rate liars and hypocrites. One will find the same behavior from any Muslim nation.

  3. says

    At first I thought it was an excellent idea to send American troops to fight terrorists. Now, I’m not so sure. The attitudes expressed in Pakistan and Iraq and especially Kuwait, which would still be ruled by Sadaam if it weren’t for the brave soldiers from the USA. I think it’s time to increase our support for India and Israel and to tell the rest of them to go to hell. I think our money could be spent somewhere else besides Pakistan.

  4. says

    Has the memo perhaps gotten all the way around Washington by now that Pakistan can’t be trusted?

    And was the memo cc’d to John Bolton, who’s looking to be our next Secretary of State in the extremely unlikely event that the Republican candidate beats Prez Barack Hussein Obama.

    *** 33:21 ***

    … that Pakistan can’t be trusted?

    The imaginary memo should read that no Moslem nation can be trusted. Maybe. Just maybe.

    But call me a dreamer, such a memo would never be issued for two reasons: 1) it would offend Moslems and their globo-socialst brethern, and 2) it makes too damned much sense.

  5. says

    Don’t worry – since he betrayed Osama by giving the US the latter’s co-ordinates, the Pakis themselves will kill him when he gets back. He’d have been better off in Club Gitmo.

  6. says

    The CIA had been given assurances that Ghul, a native of Pakistan, would not go free. But Pakistan failed to keep its word. Ghul was let go and later rejoined al-Qaida, angering the CIA officers who worked so hard to take him off the battlefield, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials.
    …………………..

    I’m shocked…shocked!

    Wait”no I’m not…

  7. says

    This is all crazy.

    Ghul gave the CIA information leading to bin Laden’s killing. The CIA gave him to Pakistan. It seems we might have made a deal with him. Our first priority was getting bin Laden.

    Pakistan released him from prison. That’s like “dog bites man” news. I’m not too upset overall, if his being released was what led to bin Laden’s killing.

    Ghul rejoins al-Qaida. This makes me wonder what’s really going on. Zawahiri, the new head of al-Qaida, is not known as the forgiving type. Perhaps Zawahiri was not as heartbroken at bin Laden’s death as one might imagine.

  8. says

    From the article:

    “Pakistan’s decision to free Ghul is yet another troubling revelation at a time when the U.S. is rethinking its relationship with Pakistan and whether it can be a trusted ally in fighting terrorism.”

    Comment: It can’t.

    “Members of Congress have talked about ending aid to Pakistan after bin Laden was found inside Pakistan, hiding out in an urban area not far from a military garrison.”

    ‘Have talked about ending aid..’.

    Don’t *talk* about it, Congresscritters. DO IT!