German Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday that Germany’s Spy agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) provided the United States with information in regards to Osama bin Laden’s location in Pakistan, just before he was killed in 2011 by US special forces.
According to Bild am Sonntag, BND told the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan and the Pakistani security officials were aware of this.
BND shared the information with CIA after being tipped of by an informant within Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The newspaper also reported that BND helped CIA with additional information gained through telephone monitoring and email control through its base in the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling.
Germany is currently under the spotlight as recent reports released in the country have stated that the BND spied on France and the European Union on behalf of the United States from the base as well.
A number of European firms, including Airbus and Eurocopter, were also spied on at the request of Washington’s National Security Agency (NSA) to check if they were abiding by trade embargoes.
Osama bin Laden was the founder of Al Qaeda who claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Al Qaeda started to operate in Pakistan after Western forces replaced the Taliban government in Afghanistan in 2001. After that, many fighters fled to the Pakistani border and started to work in small mobilized groups to carry out surprise attacks on military and civilian targets, causing deaths and disruption.