Interrogator on bin Laden Wives: 1 Interesting, 2 Boring

But Pakistani intelligence agent learned little
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2012 10:25 AM CDT
Interrogator on bin Laden Wives: 1 Interesting, 2 Boring
This is an undated file photo of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.   (AP Photo, File)

Osama bin Laden's three wives mostly stayed mum while being questioned, reveals the Pakistani intelligence agent who interrogated them. Despite speaking with them (or, at least, trying to) once or twice a week for months, the agent tells Reuters he didn't garner much that was useful. But it seemed clear that they were devoted to their husband. "They were all nostalgic whenever they talked about him," the agent says. While the older two mostly kept silent, the youngest, Amal al-Sadah, "was always angry whenever I spoke with her."

"She objected to being questioned and rarely gave away anything." Still, "I found her very interesting, " he says, adding that she did note that both she and bin Laden admired Che Guevara. "She seemed like a rebel so I questioned her about Latin American leftists." As for the other wives, "they were boring," he says. The agent was able to deduce that bin Laden had probably lived in Abbottabad for six or seven years. (Read more Osama bin Laden stories.)

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