Wikileaks might have been the reason why the US had to move quickly to bump off Osama bin Laden.
One of the cables which was leaked indicated that the US may have obtained a clue three years ago that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad.
Deep in a 2008 document released by WikiLeaks last week were notes from the interrogation of a Libyan, Abu al-Libi, who had apparently been with Bin Laden in Afghanistan.
Libi fled to Peshawar in Pakistan and was living there in 2003 when he was asked to become one of Bin Laden’s messengers.
The document says that in July 2003, Libi received a letter from Bin Laden’s courier, Maulawi Abd al-Khaliq Jan.
It asked him to take on the responsibility of collecting donations, organising travel and distributing funds for families in Pakistan.
Bin Laden wanted Libi to be the official messenger between him and others in Pakistan. In mid-2003, detainee moved his family to Abbottabad (Pakistan) and worked between Abbottabad and Peshawar.
Libi was captured in Pakistan in 2005 and ended up in Guantánamo The CIA says it tracked Bin Laden by tracing the network of couriers. One of them was especially trusted by the al-Qaida leader and who died with him.
According to the Guardian, if Bin Laden had seen the cable he would have twigged that the CIA was close to finding where he lived. .
Speculation is that the US, afraid that its planned raid might be pre-empted, brought forward its attack.