Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he does not believe Pakistan withheld information or aided and abetted terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden as he hid in an affluent neighborhood just a half-mile from Pakistan's top military academy.
“I reviewed materials yesterday that led me to believe that the institution of their intelligence service, the institution of the army, the institution of the government, were not aware that Osama bin Laden was at that particular compound,” Rogers said Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. Still, he conceded, “Clearly, this is embarrassing for them.”
But Rogers reiterated his caution to congressional leaders calling to sever aid to Pakistan. “We still need them,” he said. “Has it been frustrating? Absolutely. Are they going to be the best partners we’ve ever had? No. Do we have to have them? I think we do.”
Regarding bin Laden’s death photos, which the White House is currently grappling with making public to stifle doubters, Rogers said he sides with President Obama, who is hesitant to release them for fear that their graphic nature would invite increased threat from al-Qaida. “The conspiracy theorists are going to see the pictures and find 10 reasons why they think it’s someone else,” Rogers said.
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