C.I.A. director Leon E. Panetta took an unannounced trip to Pakistan on Friday to confront the leader of the Pakistani intelligence service, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, over accusations that Pakistani government had tipped of militants staging an attack in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports.
This was the evidence of collusion presented: the C.I.A. had alerted the Pakistanis about the existence of two bomb-making facilities several weeks ago and asked them to raid the locations. One of the locations, according to the Telegraph, was operated by al-Qaeda. But when the Pakistani Army showed up, the militants were gone, which made the C.I.A. suspicious that the militants had warning from someone on the Pakistani side. “The targets seem to have been tipped off,” an American official told the Times. “There are indications that some senior Pakistani officials aren’t happy about it, and neither are we, of course.”
A senior Pakistani official said on Saturday that Pakistan was not suspicious that the bomb makers had disappeared, because “extremist groups often move locations.” But then he added that “now that the U.S. side has drawn our attention to the possibility of the Taliban being tipped off between the day the intelligence was shared and the day of our military action, we will work on finding out what happened.”