July 2 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said terrorist leader Osama bin Laden “had some sort of support mechanism” while operating out of Abbottabad, Pakistan, for six years.
Donilon, in an interview scheduled to air tomorrow on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” show, said he had not seen evidence that Pakistani “leadership elements” had knowledge of bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan. That’s consistent with Donilon’s prior statements.
“But the fact is, is that he operated there for an extended period of time, and that raises a lot of questions,” Donilon said in the CNN interview, according to a transcript released today. “And those questions are being asked in Pakistan.”
The U.S. Congress has been calling for more information on whether the Pakistani military, government or intelligence services aided bin Laden while he was in Abbottabad, about 35 miles from the country’s capital of Islamabad. The issue has contributed to tensions in relations between the U.S. and Pakistan during the past year.
U.S. Navy SEAL commandos killed bin Laden on May 2 in the complex where he had been hiding. The raid capped a decade-long pursuit of the al-Qaida leader, whose network was responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
U.S. intelligence agencies are currently examining computer equipment found at the complex for leads on additional al-Qaeda figures and their plans. Donilon, citing a Central Intelligence Agency assessment, said in May that the information cache is about the size of a small college library.
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