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Pakistan spy agency denies backing Afghan Taliban

The Inter-Services Intelligence agency is accused repeatedly in the leaked Afghan war logs of supporting the insurgency

Saeed Shah | The Guardian | 26 July 2010

Pakistan’s spy agency today dismissed as “unsubstantiated raw intelligence” claims in the leaked war logs that it was supporting the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

The Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) is accused repeatedly in the logs by coalition commanders of directing insurgent attacks or planning operations, though there is little evidence to substantiate many of the most sensational allegations.

An ISI official said:

“In the intelligence world, preliminary and final reports are two different things. Only once something is collaborated from multiple sources does it become a credible piece of information.

“The majority of these [documents] are preliminary reports, and they are mostly from Afghan intelligence, so you can imagine their credibility.”

Hamid Gul, a former ISI chief who is extensively cited in the documents as meeting and aiding the Taliban, reacted furiously, calling the material “a pack of lies, a fairly tale”.

He denied having any contact with the Taliban, though he was happy to voice his moral support for them. “They are targeting Pakistan. I’m just the whipping boy,” said Gul, who led the agency from 1987 to 1989.

“If a 74-year-old sitting in a small house in Rawalpindi is instrumental in defeating the world’s biggest power, I don’t mind if they say that. But it will put to shame American posterity.”

Gul, who lives close to the military headquarters at Rawalpindi, offered to fly to the UK to answer the allegations, as long as it was done in public (“no Guantanamo”). But he added that he had been banned from the UK since November 2000. Though Gul retired from the military back in 1991, he is frequently accused of remaining active, along with other former intelligence officers, in a “shadow ISI”.

“This is akin to Saddam Hussein having the bomb in the closet and Colin Powell telling the world about it,” Gul added, referring to the case for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq put by the former US secretary of state.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry in Islamabad called the leaks “far-fetched and skewed”. Spokesman Abdul Basitsaid: “Pakistan’s constructive and positive role in Afghanistan cannot be blighted by such self-serving and baseless reports.”

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July 27, 2010 - Posted by | Deception, Mainstream Media, Warmongering

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  1. One of the striking things about Julian Assange, is that he’s a possible CIA DISINFO SHILL masquerading as a ‘spy leaker’ of classified intelligence data. Methinks that this is just maybe a bunch of hog wash, for the following reasons:

    First, knowing how the CIA and the U.S.S.A. operate, if Julian Assange and WikiLeaks truly were putting out stuff that the U.S. government didn’t want out there, it’s my best guess that the CIA would have ‘murdered’ him and then had the shills in the U.S. make it ‘impossible’ for anyone in the U.S. to access that site from the web, while in the U.S.S.A., which is entirely within their capability, both assassination wise, and web block wise.

    Second, Julian Assange is a vehement 9/11 truth denier. To hold that rather ‘obsolete’ viewpoint after 8 long years of information pinning the tail on the MOSSAD and CIA donkey, for someone of this intellect to still harbor those kinds of views would make them either ‘deeply ill-informed’ and or perhaps ‘zionist jew’ in reality.

    Thirdly, the last leaks about Afghanistvietnam appear not to truly say much more than what you’d have surmised anyway, replete with the ‘friendly fire’ killings of troops, and the rampant corruption in the Karzai regime.

    In summary, I think it entirely possible that Julian Assange is leaking EXACTLY WHAT CIA WANTS HIM TO LEAK, and the U.S.S.A. keeps letting him breath thru his two nose holes because it wants that information out there.

    The Bradley Manning gig, in all liklihood, is also a ‘ruse’ by the Shillitary to create more cover for this clandestine CIA op and make it look all the more legitimate.

    Think about it. In the year 2010, figure the odds that the CIA didn’t ALWAYS KNOW where Julian Assange is at at all times, and secondarily, they let him stay alive when they surely would have murdered him to get rid of a serious national security ‘threat’ as they call him.

    Think about it. I did, and something doesn’t smell right about this WikiLeaks crap at all. Something is very wrong with this. Something AL-CIA-DA in nature.


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