To borrow a line from the oddity known as Glenn Beck, this will blow your mind.
According to the Wikileaks embassy cables, US forces were stationed mere yards from bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in 2008. The very compound he was killed in by U.S. forces on Sunday. According to a report from The Guardian, troops were stationed there to provide training to Pakistan’s federal military unit, the Frontier Corps.
The revelation was part of the Guantánamo files released by WikiLeaks and The Guardian:
The information about the US troops is contained in the account of a meeting in Washington between the-then US deputy secretary of state, John Negroponte, and Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, discussing security co-operation and concerns across the country.
After both parties agreed the security plans lacked resources, Pakistan’s national security advisor, Mahmud Ali Durrani, referred to the training co-operation.
“Durrani pledged Pakistan’s support for the US Training-of-Trainers for the Frontier Corps starting in Abbottabad in October,” the report read.
US forces may have visited the town for a second time, months later, according to the cable. “Due to the slow pace of construction, Durrani added he was doubtful that the more permanent training site at Warsak would be ready for the next iteration of training, scheduled in early 2009.
“Durrani thanked the US for its support of Pakistan’s special forces, but requested more training and equipment to improve Pakistan’s capacity, specifically citing lift capability and intelligence sharing.”
Wow. So, while the Pakistani’s were harboring bin Laden and asking for further resources from us, bin Laden was practically watching the troops from his doorstep.