America’s Shadow State in Pakistan: Running the Banana Republic

Source: Daily Beast.

By Eli Lake.

U.S.-Pakistani relations may be on the rocks, but the CIA’s secret friends in the country fight on in units, prisons, and bases the United States has been building up since 9/11 to counter the pro-Taliban side of Pakistan’s military and intelligence services. Eli Lake reports exclusively.

Officially, America’s relations Pakistan’s military and intelligence services were in a tailspin in August. Furious at having been kept in the dark ahead of the Americans’ May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, Pakistan’s military had kept U.S. investigators out of the place until it was scrubbed for evidence and had refused them access to bin Laden’s wives for some time. And the Pakistanis had outed the CIA’s Islamabad station chief, putting his life at risk. Meanwhile, back in America, fears were rising over possible al Qaeda attacks on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

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  1. Yes, the reaction we see is ‘from the public eye’, therefore the US has to vacate an air base (which in the beginning we were also told did not exist, but later on was common knowledge), however, no need to get rid of the secret basis as the public is not informed anyway…

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