The revelation of Osama bin Laden’s hiding place reveals Pakistan’s long-term support for al Qaeda’s leader. So says Steven Coll, arguing that “bin Laden was effectively being housed under Pakistani state control”, and that an American ally was playing a double game:
Who owned the land on which the house was constructed? How was the land acquired, and from whom? Who designed the house, which seems to have been purpose-built to secure bin Laden? Who was the general contractor? Who installed the security systems? Who worked there? Are there witnesses who will now testify as to who visited the house, how often, and for what purpose?
Pakistan’s intelligence service has long been linked with al Qaeda. Will this demonstration impact Pakistan’s government, or its relations with other nations?