June 18th, 2011
05:06 PM ET

Sources: Pakistan knew about increased U.S. activity in Abbottabad

Pakistan was aware of increased U.S. intelligence activity in the country weeks before the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May, an Arab diplomat with direct knowledge of the events and a senior Pakistani official told CNN Saturday.

The two sources offered slightly different versions of who knew what, when.

The diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous because he is not authorized to speak publicly, said Pakistan knew about the heightened intelligence activity, specifically in the city of Abbottabad, but "never, never had any idea the operation was about bin Laden." The diplomat was approached privately by a Pakistani to inquire about heightened U.S. intelligence-gathering activities. He said it was assumed Pakistan was asking all Arab allies.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. fran

    Happy Fathers day!!

    June 19, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    @Cesar Real:

    I would never forsake my friends!
    Banish that from your thoughts!

    June 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    And here I thought Aramaic has not been spoken for about 2000 years! Huh.

    And here you go:
    Le crack fesses montrant.

    June 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. analyst1

    Pure speculation. There is no mention of any reason why there was increased activity in Abbotabad.
    Any thing out of the ordinary or normal usually gets someone's attention. Who knew what is still unclear.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. McPurp

    Happy fathers Day!! and thaks to all the women that put up with our Crap!!

    June 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @McPurp

    Hear, hear!

    June 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
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