Panetta ‘Concerned’ for Pakistani Doctor

    ARLINGTON, VA - JANUARY 26:  U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during a briefing on major budget decisions stemming from the defense strategic guidance at the Pentagon January 26, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. During the briefing, Panetta announced that budget cutting measures will likely limit pay increases for troops, increase the cost of health insurance fees for military retirees and possibly close military bases in the United States.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that he is worried for the Pakistani doctor who assisted the U.S. in preparing for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last May. Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who helped use a vaccination campaign to collect DNA samples from residents of bin Laden’s compound, has been charged with treason in Pakistan for his role in the plot. But in an interview to air Sunday, Panetta said, “I’m very concerned about what the Pakistanis did with this individual. This was an individual who in fact helped provide intelligence that was very helpful with regards to this operation. And he was not in any way treasonous towards Pakistan.”

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