Thanks Pakistan!

Well, this is revealing:

A Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. track down Usama bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years in prison on Wednesday for conspiring against the state, officials said, a verdict that is likely to further strain the country’s relationship with Washington

Shakil Afridi ran a vaccination program for the CIA to collect DNA and verify bin Laden’s presence at the compound in the town of Abbottabad where U.S. commandos killed the Al Qaeda chief last May in a unilateral raid. The operation outraged Pakistani officials, who portrayed it as an act of treachery by a supposed ally. . .

“He was working for a foreign spy agency. We are looking after our national interests,” said a Pakistani intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with the agency’s policy.

This doesn’t make sense if Pakistani intelligence viewed Bin Laden as a hostile hiding out in Pakistan. This only sense if they saw his presence, free, in Pakistan as in line with their “national interests”.

Also, I can’t help wonder how Pakistani intelligence identified Afridi.

POSTSCRIPT: This article in the Pakistani press is the top Google completion for Shakil Afridi. If it’s as influential as the Google ranking suggests, I think it’s revealing. The author compares Afridi to Julius Rosenberg (the American traitor who gave the atomic bomb to the Soviets). The comparison only makes sense if they see Afridi’s actions as hostile to Pakistani interests.

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