Pakistani doctor who helped locate Bin Laden gets 33 years in prison
A doctor who provided the United States with intelligence regarding Bin Laden's whereabouts receives 33 years in prison.
On Wednesday, a Pakistani doctor, who led a fake vaccination campaign to help the CIA locate Osama Bin Laden, was convicted of treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Afridi had provided intelligence that helped the raid that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden.
In January, Leon E. Panetta, Defense Secretary, said that Afridi had provided intelligence that helped the raid and criticized Pakistan for arresting someone who helped track down the most wanted man in the world.
The fake hepatitis B vaccination scheme was to obtain DNA evidence from Bin Laden's residence. DNA samples would have ultimately allowed United States authorities to compare that evidence with DNA from Bin Laden relatives, who are on file, in Washington.
Afridi and his team were not able to get the DNA samples from Bin Laden's residence, however he provided "very helpful" information to the CIA.
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