Washington, May 3: Republican presidential front-runner and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton claimed that the Pakistani establishment was aware about the presence of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in their country.
"We couldn't link top establishment of Pakistan military having connection with Osama, but it wouldn't have been impossible for the Qaeda boss to build such a big house without Pakistani establishment's knowledge," Hillary made this claim in an interview to CNN on Tuesday.
She made this statement in the wake of the fifth anniversary of 'Operation Naptune Spear' that resulted into death of Osama bin Laden.
Osama bin Laden was killed by United States Navy Seal commandos on 2 May 2011 after a raid on his fortified compound in Abbottabad near capital Islamabad.
They had flown in from Afghanistan on two Black Hawks and the whole operation lasted a little over three hours.
Bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, the group that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Legendary US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh recently claimed that Osama bin Laden was in Pakistan's detention for years and was killed after the country struck a deal with the US.
The US and Pakistan then struck a deal that the US would raid his compound but make it look as if Pakistan was unaware. Major US media outlets also rejected his claim as incorrect.