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Saudis, Pakistanis worked with bin Laden

Aug. 31, 2003 at 3:59 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A new book, cloaked in secrecy until Sunday, reports that top Saudi and Pakistani officials continually cooperated with Osama bin Laden.

Although ostensive allies in the war on terror, these new allegations are sure to stir up a diplomatic controversy, Time magazine said in a review. The new book, "Why America Slept," is written by veteran investigative author Gerald Posner.

Posner quotes two senior sources about the Sodium Pentothal-induced interrogation of al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah who was captured in March 2002. Zabaydah told interrogators that various high-ranking members of the Saudi royal family maintained contact and funding with bin Laden in the years leading up to the Sept. 11th, 2001 attacks.

Posner names Prince Turki al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, the kingdom's longtime intelligence chief, as the main bin Laden contact. Turki has admitted to some meetings, but denied any cooperation.

Posner also names Mushaf Ali Mir, a high-ranking Pakistani air force officer, as another contact.

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