ISI colonel helped in locating Osama: Book
`Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him`, penned by eminent American journalist Richard Miniter, hit the stands on Tuesday.
The new book also says that land of the Abbottabad compound, where the al-Qaeda leader lived with his family, was "carved out" from the Pakistan military academy compound.
"A colonel in Pakistan`s feared intelligence service, the Inter-Services Institute or ISI, provided vital help in locating Bin Laden when he walked into the CIA`s Islamabad station in August 2010," says the book.
Bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs inside his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011.
"And Pakistan`s Army chief of staff may have been briefed in December 2010, five months before the nighttime raid on bin Laden`s concrete castle.
"Far from taking a risk, there are indications that a cover story had been developed with the Pakistani military and that Obama had their tacit consent for the mission," claims Miniter, a former reporter with `The Wall Street Journal` and `The Washington Post`.
"In a never-before-reported account, Pakistan was more involved in the bin Laden operation than Obama`s team admitted. When the CIA revealed that an ISI colonel had contacted the CIA in Islamabad and offered information about bin Laden, a debate followed," it says.