U.S. Probes If Pakistan Colluded With Militants

Originally published on June 13, 2011 7:12 am
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Julie, what have you learned about how that happened?

JULIE MCCARTHY: Well, a U.S. official is telling NPR that the targets seem to have been tipped off after their cover was blown and they bolted from these two facilities. The two bomb making factories, one of which was said to be in a girl's school in North Waziristan were vacated reportedly within 24 hours of the United States providing Pakistani intelligence. The U.S. does not know how this happened. But the suspicion is someone from the Pakistani side within the intelligence apparatus alerted the militants and scuttled the raid.

INSKEEP: If this was true, it would be another huge embarrassment for Pakistan. So what are the Pakistanis saying?

MCCARTHY: So this reopens this whole question of how to share intelligence, when to share intelligence. And at the heart of it is how the United States makes this fractured and difficult relationship with Pakistan work.

INSKEEP: How does this affect that debate?

HOFFMAN: I mean this is, I think, comes at a very critical time and, you know, can't but harm Pakistani-U.S. relations. And certainly generate even more suspicions of how reliable an ally Pakistan is at this critical juncture.

INSKEEP: Julie McCarthy, you've been following the debate as this news has come out the last couple of days. Pakistanis have been angry at the United States, but are Pakistanis, some of them now saying, wow, we really do have a problem here?

MCCARTHY: And so you have the Pakistani public clamoring for answers. Among them, how is it that the military gets all this money, how is it really being spent?

INSKEEP: Julie, thanks very much.

MCCARTHY: Thank you.

INSKEEP: Mr. Hoffman, thanks to you.

HOFFMAN: You're very welcome.

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