Melanie Phillips

24 May 2012

Did the Obama administration betray its own bin Laden informant?

Published in: Daily Mail

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The jailing by Pakistan of the doctor who led the CIA to bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad is clearly an outrage. The Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi who has been thrown into prison for 33 years for treason, should be regarded instead as a national and global hero for helping run bin Laden finally to earth. His jailing – in a farcical ‘trial’ without a judge or his own lawyer -- is the clearest demonstration that Pakistan, which the west treats as an ally against the Islamic jihad against the free world, is actually its enemy.

When Dr Afridi was jailed, US security officials expressed horror, as well they might. But was Dr Afridi actually betrayed by the Obama administration itself?

New York Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, certainly thinks so:

‘King said that the administration gave away the doctor's name and discussed the DNA samples he collected to verify it was bin Laden living in the compound in Abbottabad.

‘... King, a Republican from New York, said that Obama's team should not have spoken about the doctor and his program, effectively giving away his identity. “They put him out there,” said King adding that he is unaware of any efforts the administration made to get the physician out of Pakistan. “I'm focused on that they disclosed his identity.”'

The smell rising from the Obama administration becomes more noxious by the day.

About Melanie

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief of parents.

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Books

  • The World Turned Upside Down
  • Londonistan
  • The Ascent of Woman
  • America's Social Revolution

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