US sees terror links in Pakistani intelligence

US sees terror links in Pakistani intelligence

The 2007 documents from the Guantanamo Bay prison were part of a batch of classified material released by the Wikileaks website and included interrogation summaries from more than 700 detainees.

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency declined to comment Monday, but it has consistently denied any ongoing links with Islamist militants.

The ISI is part of a list that includes more than 60 international militant networks, as well as Iran's intelligence services, and is part of the guidelines for interrogators at Guantanamo. It says the groups are "terrorist" entities or associations and say detainees linked to them "may have provided support to al-Qaida and the Taliban, or engaged in hostilities against US and coalition forces."

The CIA and the ISI have worked closely together since the September 11 terrorist attacks to hunt down al-Qaida operatives sheltering in Pakistan. But US officials have often voiced suspicions that elements of the ISI were either linked to or supporting militants even as the two countries publicly talked of their alliance in the campaign against extremism.

Relations between the two agencies hit a new low this year after an American CIA contractor shot and killed two Pakistanis he claimed were robbing him. Since then, the ISI has complained about American drones strikes along the Afghan border and the alleged existence of scores of CIA agents in the country without its knowledge.

In a rare public accusation last week, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, said the ISI had continued links to the powerful network of an Afghan warlord that has bases in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan. Hours later, Pakistan's army chief rejected what he called "negative propaganda" by the United States.

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