Goss Says He Has 'Idea' Where Bin Laden Is

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

CIA Director Porter J. Goss said that he has an "excellent" idea where Osama bin Laden is hiding but that the al Qaeda leader will not be brought to justice until weak links in counterterrorism efforts are strengthened, Time magazine reported Sunday.

Goss, in his first interview since becoming head of the CIA last year, did not say where he thinks bin Laden is hiding. But intelligence experts have said the al Qaeda leader, who has evaded an extensive U.S.-led manhunt, is probably in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"I have an excellent idea of where he is. What's the next question?" Goss said in the interview.

"In the chain that you need to successfully wrap up the war on terror, we have some weak links. And I find that until we strengthen all the links, we're probably not going to be able to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice," Goss said. "We are making very good progress on it."

He cited some of the difficulties as "dealing with sanctuaries in sovereign states, you're dealing with a problem of our sense of international obligation, fair play."


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