Did Bush authorize the Pakistani’s to airlift Bin Laden out of the country? Well maybe not Bin Laden, but certainly some of his associates seem to have gotten out that way.
American intelligence officials and high-ranking military officers said that Pakistanis were indeed flown to safety, in a series of nighttime airlifts that were approved by the Bush Administration. The Americans also said that what was supposed to be a limited evacuation apparently slipped out of control, and, as an unintended consequence, an unknown number of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters managed to join in the exodus. “Dirt got through the screen,” a senior intelligence official told me. Last week, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld did not respond to a request for comment.
Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker.