Pakistan has agreed to let the CIA send a forensic search team into the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALS to search for any al-Qaida materials that might have been left behind.
By Robert Windrem
NBC News investigative producer for special projects
U.S. officials confirm the Washington Post report that Pakistan has agreed to allow the CIA to send a forensics team to examine the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed as Islamabad tries to repair relations with its largest benefactor.
Under the agreement, the CIA has "permission to use sophisticated equipment in a search for al-Qaeda materials that may have been hidden inside walls or buried at the site," the Post reported.
The U.S. apparently also will get access to any materials gathered by Pakistani security forces after the May 2 raid in Abbottabad. NBC News has reported that "operational logs" of al-Qaeda were retrieved by the Pakistanis in the days after the assault on the compound. Most, if not all, of the materials seized by the Navy SEALs that morning were grabbed from bin Laden's bedroom office. The SEALS simply didn't have time to conduct a more thorough search.
There is speculation that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may visit Pakistan this weekend. So, it's not a bad thing for Pakistan to grant this another access in advance of her rumored trip.