The former chief of the CIA's Middle East and South Asia division told CNBC he believes people affiliated with the Pakistani government knew Osama bin Laden was hiding in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
“It's hard to believe that Osama bin Laden was in a large compound in essentially a military town about 30-40 miles north of Islamabad and there were certain people in government who did not know about it, whether they're retired military people, retired intelligence officers,” said Michael F. Walker, the former chief of the Middle East and South Asia division of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Walker retired in 2010, and spoke publicly for the first time about what he knows of the CIA’s hunt for bin Laden and its relationship with the Pakistani government.
“It does look like there was some assistance from some Pakistani citizens,” he said. “You just don’t live in a compound for the time he was living there without assistance and help.”
Walker said that he’s confident the US will reevaluate its massive annual financial aid package to Pakistan in light of the revelation bin Laden was living in a spacious compound close to the Pakistani government’s military training academy.