Pervez Musharraf Admits Rogue Pakistani Officers Might Have Helped Hide Bin Laden

Washington, UNITED STATES: Pakistani President Pervez Musharaff speaks during a joint press conference with US President George W. Bush in the East Room of the White House 22 September, 2006 in Washington, DC. Musharraf said Friday that a peace deal between Pakistan and tribal elders along the border with Afghanistan was "a holistic approach" to fighting the Taliban militia. Rejecting what he called misperception that the militants would find easier refuge in border regions by the deal, he said, "I explained to the president that this is a holistic approach that we are taking to fighting terrorism in Pakistan, in the tribal (areas) of Pakistan." AFP PHOTO/Tim SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: TIM SLOAN/2006 AFP

Pervez Musharraf, the former president of Pakistan, told ABC News that rogue, lower-level members of the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence agency, and its military might have aided Osama bin Laden in keeping his compound secret. Musharraf also called the fact that bin Laden hid for six years near the equivalent of West Point in Abbottabad a "big blunder" for the ISI. However, he said he agreed with Pakistan's refusal to let the U.S. back into the compound, saying, "No government can accept a violation of their sovereignty." That's exactly the type of objection Musharaff was supposed to raise in order to cover-up a reported agreement permitting the U.S. to hunt for bin Laden within Pakistan. The deal, supposedly first brokered between Musharraf and President George W. Bush in 2001, said Pakistan should object "vociferously" afterward. Perhaps just to sell it, Musharraf threw in a bit of name-calling as an added flourish, telling ABC that America would do wise to not to ruffle more feathers, "You want to alienate Pakistan, you will be a loser."

Former Pakistan President: If U.S. Alienates Pakistan, They Will "Lose" [ABC News]
Earlier: Guardian: Pakistan Agreed to the Bin Laden Mission Ten Years Ago