Obama: Osama Bin Laden had Help from Pakistan

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

President Obama said Osama Bin Laden had help running his terrorist network from his hideout in Pakistan, and that help may have come from "inside of (Pakistan's) government."

In a "60 Minutes" interview taped last week and aired Sunday, Obama was asked if he thought anyone in the Pakistani government or its intelligence community knew Bin Laden was living there.

He responded, "We think that there had to be some sort of support network for Bin Laden inside of Pakistan. But we don't know who or what that support network was.

We don't know whether there might have been some people inside of government, people outside of government, and that's something that we have to investigate and, more importantly, the Pakistani government has to investigate."

There has been much suspicion between the U.S. and Pakistani government in their uneasy relationship. Last week CIA Director Leon Panetta said he wasn't sure he could trust the government as he was planning the raid that ultimately took Bin Laden down.

Obama said he wants to find out what kind of help Bin Laden may have received.

"And we've already communicated to them, and they have indicated they have a profound interest in finding out what kinds of support networks Bin Laden might have had. But these are questions that we're not going to be able to answer three or four days after the event.

"It's going to take some time for us to be able to exploit the intelligence that we were able to gather on site."

The Daily Mail reports that Pakistan "strenuously" denies that it had any knowledge where Bin was hiding or that any officials were helping him.