Gates, Mullen: No evidence top Pakistani leaders knew of bin Laden's presence
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen made the statement to reporters Wednesday.
May 18th, 2011
01:32 PM ET

Gates, Mullen: No evidence top Pakistani leaders knew of bin Laden's presence

[Updated at 1:32 p.m.] The United States has seen no evidence that the senior Pakistani leadership knew of Osama bin Laden's presence in Pakistan, Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters Wednesday.

The nation's top military officer said the extensive details told to the media about the Osama bin Laden raid is "jeopardizing precious capability."

"It is time to stop talking," the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday in answer to a question from CNN's Barbara Starr.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the agreement in the administration to not talk about the operational details of the raid "lasted about 15 hours."

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  1. michaelfury

    May 19, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. jim

    @vkmo, Don't you think that just maybe the government planted those videos to attempt to discredit Bin Laden to his followers.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Peaches

    If they knew, I dont blame them for not telling. Cant trust anyone & as much clout OBL has, I just wldnt risk my life snitchin'! That's my perogative...

    May 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peaches

    OBL got mega bucks! U think he's not paying for them to be quiet? Them folks dont know us, so their loyalty is here. Im sure they're walking on eggshells everyday!

    May 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. planet x

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Skippy

    The senior leadership knew NOTHING?...Phooey.......I hate it when OUR senior staffers play kissy-but to foreigners who are AGAINST us....Anyone who thinks that Pakistan's government knew nothing is ignorant......

    May 26, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
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