Pakistani Ambassador Compares Hunt for bin Laden to Search for Boston Mobster “Whitey” Bulger

He became a familar fixture on the list.
By Allan Lengel

The Boston Globe editorial page took a little exception to Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani remark defending his nation by comparing the hunt for Osama bin Laden to the perennial search for the FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger — a mobster wanted for multiple murders and other charges,

“If Whitey Bulger can live undetected by American police for so long,’’ Haqqani asked The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, “why can’t Osama bin Laden live undetected by Pakistani authorities?’’ Haqqani was a Boston University professor from 2004 to 2008. Bulger has been on the lam since 1994 and authorities are offering a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture.

The Globe Editorial page weighed in on the ambassador’s remark, saying: “In fact, Bulger got away because a person in the FBI tipped him off, just as US officials feared Pakistani authorities would tip off bin Laden. And Bulger’s support network of family and trusted friends seems a bit like the one that appears to have sustained bin Laden in Pakistan, much to the outrage of some Americans.”

Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger

Then the Globe tossed in this zinger: “Meanwhile, the FBI might do well to check out any walled compounds on the South Shore, just to be sure.”

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