Pakistani General Accused of Tipping off CIA on Bin laden hideout

ciaA former Pakistani general, who passed away last year in UK, has been accused of selling the secret location of Osama Bin Laden to the CIA, according to the account of a Pakistan investigative journalist.

This accusation has been denied by the US Central Intelligence Agency and the family of the Brigadier General Ousman Khalid, but the Pakistani journalist Amir Mir stood by his version, quoting “well informed intelligence circles”.

The accused spy General, who died last year of cancer at the age of 79, was granted asylum in 1980 by the United Kingdom. He became a British citizen, after resigning from a 25-year career in the army in protest at the execution in 1979 of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the former prime minister and father of Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007.

His family told the press that the deceased General was “an easy target” because and had been a vocal critic of Pakistani politics.

The US administration has repeatedly affirmed that it spotted by its own resources the most wanted man on earth and carried out a secret mission to kill him without the knowledge or assistance of the government of Pakistan.

But Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh said in his accounts that unnamed senior officer in the Pakistani army had provided details of the secret hideout of Al Qaeda leader in exchange for the $ 25 million bounty offered by the USA.