Jan 18 2008

CIA Confirms Scotland Yard Assessment: al-Qaeda Killed Bhutto

Published by at 8:19 am under All General Discussions,Pakistan

To many people here in America it may not seem important to determine who killed Benazir Bhutto. But in highly emotionally charged Pakistan it is a key point which could push the country one way or the other. Bhutto had a strong following and was very popular. The anger over her death could topple someone from power forever.

As intelligence agencies and investigators look at the assassination, there are fewer and fewer doubts it was al-Qaeda (who are foreigners in Pakistan) who killed Bhutto. First, UK intelligence confirmed the infamous phone call of glee by the prime suspect: Baitullah Meshud. Next came a statement from Scotland Yard that also determined it was al-Qaeda assassins. And now the US CIA has no doubt who killed Bhutto:

Hayden said Bhutto was killed by fighters allied with
Baitullah Mehsud, a tribal leader in northwestern Pakistan,
with support from al-Qaeda’s terrorist network, Post reported.

Hayden declined to discuss the intelligence behind the
CIA’s assessment, the newspaper said.

“This was done by that network around Baitullah Mehsud. We
have no reason to question that,” Hayden said.

He doesn’t seem to have any doubts who killed Bhutto, so the intelligence must be overwhelming. I can see how the intercepted phone call was probably snagged by NSA – which is why it cannot be a creation of Musharraf’s. I can also bet that such overwhelming confidence in declaring Baitullah Meshud the mastermind means the sea of intelligence backing that confidence up goes well beyond on incident and one phone call. I won’t elaborate, but my guess is the picture that looks really grainy and out of focus to us is crisp and sharp inside Langley and the DoD.

Update: More here from WaPo on the news.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “CIA Confirms Scotland Yard Assessment: al-Qaeda Killed Bhutto”

  1. VinceP1974 says:

    Finally, one of histories great mysteries is solved.

  2. dave m says:

    I was on vacation when she was killed and the only news channel
    I had was CNN. Very early on CNN reported Al-Qaeda denials
    of involvement.
    CNN seemed to be trying to argue that it was that very very
    bad Musharaff what had done it, you know – a friend of “The
    Bush Administration”.
    I knew that Al-Qaeda would deny it – though their usual pattern
    would be to claim it. Think about it! What does Al-Qaeda want
    first and foremost from Pakistan? The Nukes. How do they get them?
    Topple Musharaff! How do they topple Musharaff? Kill a very popular
    potential leader and blame it on Musharaff.
    What evidence do I have?
    Not much, just my common sense and my study of this bit of
    messed up politics since 2001 – but CNN have nothing more.
    Why can’t broadcasters, who don’t know who did it, just say
    “we don’t know who did it and we will report back to you as soon
    as we know who did do it” ?

  3. VinceP1974 says:

    Dave: We agree on too many things 🙂 To add on to what you said… if Musarif wanted her dead.. he wouldnt be using suicide bombers to do it