WikiLeaks Memos Say Ex-ISI Chief Plotted Karzai Assassination

Since, as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told the press, only a few thousand of the 90,000 classified documents his organization released have even been examined, there is likely to be a stream of fascinating revelations for months to come.

According to this news item from Afghanistan’s Outlook Afghanistan, the documents reveal that among other things, in 2008, retired Lieutenant General Hamid Gul, the former chief of Pakistan’s ISI, “plotted to kill President Karzai” with al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives, and that “an ISI officer, Colonel Muhammad Yousaf, directed Taliban leader Maulvi Ezatullah to supervise the assassination.” The article is packaged with an Al-Jazeera interview with Gul, in which he denies each and every charge against him.

The news item from Outlook Afghanistan says in part:

Leaked Afghan war logs show that former Pakistan spy chief, Lieutenant General Hamid Gul (retired), connived with al-Qaeda and the Taliban to hatch a plot to assassinate President Hamid Karzai.

According to the files, NATO is concerned about Pakistan double-dealing, and data that indicates how ISI officials attend meetings of the Taliban and issue orders to militants.

According to the memos, the Taliban are guided in their attacks on Afghan and NATO forces from Pakistan, which is a safe haven for militants. They reveal that Arabs, Chechens, Pakistanis, and Muslims from European states sneak into Afghanistan from Pakistan to fight NATO and Afghan troops. Gul has also been accused of re-organizing Afghanistan’s second-largest militant group, Hizb-i-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and the Haqqani Network, a Waziristan-based rebel outfit. Mr. Gul allegedly visited Waziristan in January 2008 to devise a plan to avenge the killing of Ahmad Alkani, an al-Qaeda leader killed in a U.S. drone missile strike.

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via WikiLeaks Memos Say Ex-ISI Chief Plotted Karzai Assassination: Daily Outlook, Afghanistan | The Moderate Voice.

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