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May 11 - 17 2011 No. 1033
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By Toby Harnden in Washington and Jon Swaine in New York PRESIDENT Barack Obama has suggested that “people inside of government” in Pakistan could have helped to harbour Osama bin Laden.
The comments, the strongest about Pakistan made by Mr Obama so far, came as his administration stepped up pressure on the Islamic republic for a full investigation into who gave him sanctuary so close to Islamabad
He said: “We think that there had to be some sort of support network for bin Laden inside of Pakistan. But we don’t know who or what that support network was.
“We don’t know whether there might have been some people inside of government, people outside of government, and that’s something that we have to investigate and, more importantly, the Pakistani government has to investigate.”
In an interview with CBS News, Mr Obama confirmed that the US would not be releasing the photographs of bin Laden’s body.
He said: “Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain this was him. We’ve done DNA sampling and testing. And so there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden.
“It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence. As a propaganda tool.
“You know, that’s not who we are. You know, we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies.”
Last Friday, al-Qaeda released a statement confirming bin Laden’s death and promising to release his last tape. On Sunday, an Islamist website claimed to have a copy of the audio recording, which was addressed to Mr Obama. In it, bin Laden said: “America will not be able to dream of security until we live in security in Palestine. It is unfair that you live in peace while our brothers in Gaza live in insecurity.
“Accordingly, and with the will of God, our attacks will continue against you as long as your support for Israel continues.”
Tom Donilon, Mr Obama’s National Security Adviser, on Sunday demanded
Man behind the mask: A grey-haired bin Laden watches his well-honed media image (inset) on TV
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‘Home videos’ reveal true face of September 11 mastermind
EXTRAORDINARY home-made videos of Osama bin Laden have been released by America. The films showed the al-Qaeda leader as a frail figure with an unkempt grey-white beard, rocking back and forth as he watched himself on satellite news coverage.
The footage was part of a haul of intelligence seized by US Navy Seals during the raid last week in which the mastermind of the September 11 attacks was killed. The Pentagon said it was the largest trove of intelligence ever obtained, and proved that the compound was “an active command and control centre”.
The footage of bin Laden hunched before the television is in stark contrast to the image he sought to portray to his followers and enemies in other seized videos, intended for propaganda, in which he had dyed his hair and beard black and wore spotless clothing.
Five selected clips released by the Pentagon reveal that, even in hiding, he was intent on crafting a carefully managed image for public viewing. The most revealing shows a bin Laden looking older than his 54 years, sitting on the floor and using a remote control to flick between satellite coverage of himself.
The footage — apparently shot in the hideout in which he was killed — reveals an undecorated room, then the first sight of bin Laden outside a propaganda video in more than a decade emerges. He has a brown blanket
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He flicks between images on the screen that are familiar to the rest of the world of his younger self, in camouflage clothing and clutching an assault rifle. In contrast, the other four released clips show an image-conscious manicured figure ready for his public pronouncements. His beard has been dyed deep black, he is wearing a spotless white cap and shirt and yellow tunic.
The videos were released as reports emerged that bin Laden had been hiding deep inside Pakistan for more than seven years, even longer than suspected after the raid.
Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, one of his wives, has told Pakistani investigators that the Saudi terrorist and his family first lived for two and a half years in a quiet hill village, Chak Shah Mohammad. She said they moved five years ago to the nearby garrison town of Abbottabad, where her husband was killed.
Philip Sherwell that Pakistan allow the CIA to question the three widows of bin Laden left behind in his compound after the raid.
He told NBC that the US had not “seen evidence” of Pakistani collusion. He said: “They need to provide us with intelligence, by the way, from the compound that they’ve gathered, including access to Osama bin Laden’s three wives who they have in custody.” Mr Obama said the risks of the operation were outweighed by the possibility “of us finally getting our man” following a decade of frustration.
The helicopter raid “was the longest 40 minutes of my life,” with the possible exception of when his daughter Malia became sick with meningitis as an infant. He added that anyone who had questioned whether bin Laden deserved his fate “needs to have their head examined”.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, last week warned that the shooting dead of the unarmed alQaeda leader meant justice was not “seen to be done”.
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