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.