Pakistan Arrests CIA Informants That Helped Us Find Bin Laden

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Pakistan officials arrested five C.I.A. informants it says helped aid the U.S. in tracking down and killing Osama bin Laden. One of the five arrested? A Pakistani Army major who apparently copied the license plates of cars seen driving in and out of bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. In the weeks since bin Laden's death, the U.S. has been less than thrilled with Pakistan's support; deputy C.I.A. director Michael J. Morell rated its level of cooperation a three out of ten. And Tuesday's arrests are seen as another illustration of the growing distance between American and Pakistani priorities, and differing ways of going about fighting Al Qaeda. But should we be worried — about the growing (again) threat of the Taliban and Pakistan's wishy-washy messaging on fighting terrorism? Said Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Pakistan and the C.I.A. “are working out mutually agreeable terms for their cooperation in fighting the menace of terrorism. It is not appropriate for us to get into the details at this stage.”

Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants in Bin Laden Raid [NYT]