Doctor Shakil Afridi, started a fake vaccination program to both locate bin Laden and attempt to get his DNA. His reward was for the U.S. to leave him in Pakistan and let Pakistan know who he was.
The doctor tried to escape after the raid and within days of the May 2nd raid, without having received any help from us for himself or his family, he was languishing in prison.
At some point after the assassination, U.S. blabbermouths confirmed that Dr. Afridi conducted the operation and Afridi then disappeared for a year. He was held by a tribal council and tortured during that time.
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer told Fox News: “From what I’m hearing, we did pretty much nothing…We did nothing diplomatically at all, didn’t raise a finger. … From what my sources tell me, we did nothing to try and help this guy.”
Afridi’s role in the capture was later confirmed by Leon Panetta who acknowledged publicly on January 27th 2012 that a Pakistani doctor provided key information to the U.S. in advance of the successful Navy SEAL assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound.
Specifically, Panetta told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in 2012 that Shakil Afridi helped provide intelligence for the raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Panetta said he is “very concerned” for the doctor.
Panetta confirmed Dr. Afridi’s role without helping him, becoming a catalyst for Dr. Afridi’s 33-year prison term. He handed them the evidence to convict him on all but a silver platter. Biden later reaffirmed Dr. Afridi’s role but added that Afridi wasn’t really any help. Now Dr. Afridi is all but forgotten.
We also abandoned the family.
The Pakistani government claimed they were displeased with the U.S. for not notifying them of the Navy SEAL raid which killed bin Laden. However, they hid bid Laden for a decade and knew full well he was there.
Every year our weak-kneed Congress withholds a pittance of little more than $33 million in aid. Why do we give any aid?
Currently, Pakistan reportedly wants better relations with the U.S. and might consider giving Afridi a presidential pardon.
Trump is going to do his best to get him freed.
“We are trying to accelerate the legal processes,” one official said. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster reportedly raised the matter during a late April visit to Pakistan where Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S. expressed the country’s desire “to find a solution.”
Afridi’s lawyer told reporters in 2016 the best hope for his release was U.S. pressure, but that the Obama administration had not shown their support. His lawyer continued that Afridi has languished for much of his sentence in solitary confinement.
“I have no hope of meeting him, no expectation for justice,” he said.