White House defends raid amid Pakistani criticism

White House officials Monday again defended last week’s raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, even as Pakistani officials continue to argue it violated their nation’s sovereignty.

“We completely understand Pakistani concerns, we understand the uniqueness of an operation like this, but we make no apologies for the fact that Osama bin Laden needed to be found and brought to justice,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Repeatedly pressed on the relations between the two countries, Carney acknowledged relations were complicated, but said, “this relationship is too important to walk away from.”

Carney would not comment on reports that Pakistan leaked the identity of the CIA station chief in Islamabad in retaliation.

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