Jun 15, 2011 1:39 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Pakistan denies that army major was arrested

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Pakistani army is denying that one of its majors was arrested for feeding information to the CIA ahead of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The New York Times first reported the arrest of five Pakistani informants yesterday. It said they included an army major who copied license plate numbers of cars visiting bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad.

Neither Pakistan's army nor its spy agency are confirming or denying the report. But an army spokesman described the report about the major's arrest as "false and totally baseless."

A U.S. official says those detained also included the owner of a safe house rented by the CIA to keep an eye on bin Laden's compound.

It's unclear what has happened to the purported CIA informants since their arrests.

American officials told the Times that CIA Director Leon Panetta raised the issue during his meetings with Pakistani military and intelligence chiefs in Islamabad last week.



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