WikiLeaks: U.S. Allowed Benazir Bhutto To Be Assassinated

Monday, May 23, 2011

While WikiLeaks has fallen off the U.S. corporate media’s radar, fortunately the same can’t be said for foreign news sources who report stunning disclosures from WikiLeaks cables.

India Today reports WikiLeaks revealed the U.S. embassy in Islamabad had refused to provide security to the late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto months before her assassination in December 2008, despite her personal requests to U.S. Congressmen.

It was no secret Bhutto faced threat from extremist forces including the Taliban. In fact her return to Pakistan on Oct 18, 2007 was marked by bloodshed when a suicide attack on her motorcade at Karachi killed 140 of her supporters and PPP activists.

Bhutto survived the attack but it was obvious she was the target.

Subsequently, Bhutto thought the state apparatus was hand in glove with the Taliban.

This was before the revelation Osama bin Laden was allowed to live in Abbottabad under the noses of Pakistani authorities. Washington refused to acknowledge any link between Pakistani authorities, the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

WikiLeaks also revealed that several US Embassy cables between Oct. 2007 and Dec. 2007 show Bhutto’s concerns and her attempts to impress upon America authorities like then-ambassador Anne W. Patterson in Islamabad, the need to provide her with physical security in the run up to the elections.

According to a cable dated Oct 29, 2007, Bhutto in a meeting with Patterson expressed her angst over the probe by the Musharraf government into the Oct 18 attack. Bhutto claimed the authorities were involved in the attack and that they could not be trusted. Ambassador Patterson towed the official Washington line and disagreed with Bhutto’s assessment.

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated while leaving a campaign rally. After she entered her bulletproof vehicle, Bhutto stood up through its sunroof to wave to the crowds. At this point, a gunman fired shots at her and subsequently explosives were detonated near her vehicle killing approximately 20 people. Bhutto was critically wounded and pronounced dead at a local hospital on December 27, 2007.

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11 Responses to WikiLeaks: U.S. Allowed Benazir Bhutto To Be Assassinated

  1. The Real Adam says:

    Lets ask George W. Bush.

    He’s the one who kept reassuring the American public that Pervez Musharraf was our reliable partner in Pakistan on the War on Terrorism. In fact, Musharraf was such a valuable ally that he looked the other way and failed to tell American authorities that Osama bin Laden was living in Abbottabad.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    Too bad we can’t get Cheney and Rumsfeld in a room and pump them both full of truth serum. Then, the American people and the rest of the world would know all the dirty secrets of US foreign policy during the Bush II years. My prediction? Cheney’s much anticipated book won’t mention Benazir Bhutto but he will say Musharraf is a valuable friend to the USA.

  3. ajihani says:

    Radical Muslims in Pakistan have called for stricter Islamic law and fiercely opposed the relationship between Pakistan and the US. Bhutto was far too friendly to the US and she had to be eliminated.

  4. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    This ‘News’ stuns you? Why, it doesn’t stun me…. I expect this from my government, a government that has been complicit in the deaths of many, many world leaders it didn’t agree with……….. going all the way back to Diem, in Vietnam in 1963.

  5. Jolly Roger says:

    While Benazir Bhutto was reprehensible scum (many people apparently don’t know that it was Pakistan who delivered nuke know-how to the DPRK, something she personally supervised,) she was the democratically elected leader of a supposed ally of ours, and our treatment oh her pleas is equally reprehensible. Not surprising, of course, but reprehensible.

    We deserve to collapse, really. And we’ll get what we deserve.

  6. Rachel says:

    We’ve been meddling in other nations affairs for as long as I can remember and it is always a disaster. Look at Iran and the 1953 uprising? The proxy war we fought in the ten year Iran/Iraq war? Guatemala? We need to mind our own business.

  7. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Benazir Bhutto was unquestionably crooked but, I think Perv Musharraf is 100 times worse.

    Bhutto seemed to give a shit about the Pakistani people. Musharraf, not at all.

  8. griffithinsider says:

    Am writing a thesis on Public Trust in WikiLeaks, the Media and the Government and need to know what your opinions are. The online survey is multiple choice and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please follow the link: Would be great if you would encourage others to do the survey also.

  9. libhomo says:

    The corporate media and politicians keep lying about Bradley Manning and Julian Assange because they don’t want people to pay attention to all the corruption uncovered by WikiLeaks.

  10. feminazi says:

    Benazir Bhutto was a stunning woman. I think it’s appalling that we’re now learning she asked the US for security and we turned her down. This was no accident. Clearly, the US wanted wanted her dead so Musharraf could do our bidding in Pakistan. See how well that worked out? Musharraf played deaf, dumb and blind to Osama bin Laden living comfortably in a mansion in Pakistan for the the six years before he was killed by US Navy SEALs.

  11. aamir says:

    my reply is in refrence to Eric Equality Kuntz and feminazi …. benazir bhutto and zulfiqar ali bhutto were great leaders ever in the small history of pakistani politics …mr bhutto gave nuclear plant to Pakistan … he was very much US oriented person despite the fact that he acted against them on few occasions a)nuclear plant b)Islamic summit conference otherwise how can a govt complete 5 years in a American slave country like Pakistan …. he was highly educated person from a feudal background…. feudal is a brain set and it never lets a person to think for the common person for basic human rights such as education, medical , communication because of the obvious reason that feudal thinks if common man gets basic human rights and necessaries then thy cant be ruled… he was a great leader no doubt BUT what good has he brought to the common person of pakistan … his name is also in cast of the drama that ended in debacle of dhakka and making of bangladesh … he was the first political leader to complete his 5 years term in office .. his hedonistic attitude created a vacuum which was filled in by the ubiquitous army .. same politicians who conspire for army to take over get their lions share in martial law govt then come on the street and blame army for sabotaging democracy in pakistan …. coming to benazir bhutto ….. she was in UK after her father’s assassination in 1977 after a coup by army under zia ul haq… she came to power after zia was assassinated in c130 crash along side US top officials ‘ a conspiracy yet to b solved…benazir took over as 1 of the greatest leaders with full support of common man due to obvious reasons i.e her fathers assassination and a political govt after martial law ….she was highly educated like her father … having a lot of zeal and spirit to reform society …. like father like daughter she again became hedonistic and never listened to any one in her decisions ultimately ending her reign by the president’s special power of dissolving assembly … came back again after some 2 years … again same attitude let her to a fall …. what good is a great leader if country still suffers after three govt under the most loved political party …
    my question is that if we talk of her as a great leader then i would request my honorable contributors to plz search web and see the amount of progress in the era of martial law and compare it to the progress of political govt … i am for democracy yes thats true i m not in favour of dictators taking over from back doors …just see the condition of pakistan in this so called political government ,,,, mr zardari hubby of benazir (legacy follows) was known as mr 10% round the world … he is known for embezzling billions of dollars that are still in swiss banks when he was not in ultimate power …… we have power shortages, uncontrolled price hike , law and order situation , floods etc ….. still there is no planning for countering these menaces rather this govt is making a provincial issue which never was there ….. i request honorable contributors to pleas read the facts … i am for a stability in pakistan … coz we are suffering terrorism that is not pakistan’s war … it was imposed on pakistan by mr bhuuto when he signed an agreement with US in 1974 about USSR Afgan crises … zia ul haq continued this proxy war to stay in govt … he stayed for 11 years …. Richard Nixon wrote in his book “IN THE ARENA” “sometime It pays to b enemy of america” He was right …. people who are against Us get away with what ever they do on the contrary people who uphold american policy get a brutal end

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