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Pakistani generals 'knew bin Laden was in nation'

Damien McElroy in London

Published 28/02/2012 | 05:00

Osama bin Laden was in routine contact with several senior figures from Pakistan's military intelligence agency while in hiding in the country, according to a large cache of secret intelligence files.

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The disclosure was contained in emails from the private American security company Stratfor, which were published by WikiLeaks website yesterday after being obtained by the Anonymous hacking group.

Stratfor provides analysis of world affairs to major corporations, military officials and government agencies and was once likened by an American magazine to a "shadow CIA".

According to one of the emails, the company was shown the information papers collected from Bin Laden's Abbotabad compound after the US special forces attack last May that resulted in his death. The email, from a Stratfor analyst, suggested that up to 12 unnamed officials in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency knew of the al-Qa'ida leader's safe house.

American officials have always believed it was impossible for the ISI not to have known that Bin Laden was sheltering in a garrison town so close to Islamabad. Pakistan has repeatedly dismissed the charge.

WikiLeaks claimed to have five million Stratfor emails.

Other revelations included the suggestion that Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's president, may have less than a year to live after his cancer spread to the colon and bone marrow. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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