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    >> 34 past the hour. welcome back to " morning joe ." pakistan is on the defensive again today. the front page headlines of all four english language papers in the country are quoting the government as saying the whole world is to blame for not finding osama bin laden sooner. nbc news' ann curry reports from the site of bin laden 's compound.

    >> reporter: amid the images emerging from inside osama bin laden 's hideout, a yemeni passport apparently belonging to obama's fifth and youngest wife, now being questioned in pakistani custody along with at least one other woman and six children and claims about what they're telling authorities have begun circulating, challenging the u.s. version of events. a senior pakistani security official told nbc news bin laden 's daughter witnessed her father's shooting and saying her father was captured and held before he was killed, which a cia source tells nbc news is quote completely wrong.

    >> our intelligences are working together with the cia.

    >> reporter: in paris, pakistan 's prime minister insisted the failure to find bin laden sooner was not pakistan 's fault alone, saying instead of the blame game , we need positive messaging, but pakistan 's former national security advisor told nbc news pakistan 's intelligence was quote caught with its pants down.

    >> u.s. forces came in, raided the place, took him out and we didn't know about it. that's embarrassing.

    >> reporter: how could pakistan not find someone right in front of them?

    >> i think you've hit the nail on the head. right in front of them. he was in a location where i think that our intelligence least suspected.

    >> reporter: do you expect the world to believe that the intelligence services , the security services of pakistan are so incompetent that they did not know that osama bin laden was living 35 miles from islamabad?

    >> this is a small town. they can make slips. they did make a slip.

    >> reporter: pakistani security has also questioned the compound's builder. still, in spite of all the evidence, people here simply don't believe osama bin laden was ever inside this compound.

    >> that was ann curry reporting from abbottabad, pakistan . it can't be, not that it was perfect, convoluted, confusing but now it's in plain sight to the american public, it is a very difficult, if not strange relationship and we may be the fools here, in terms of where he was hiding, no?

    >> it's a difficult relationship. i don't have any doubt and most americans don't have any doubt the isi had some connection at least atin laden. on the other hand, we can't really sever our connections, they have dozens of nuclear warhead and economy in mess and without out aid the economy is in collapse and we don't want a collapsing country with dozens of nuclear warheads . we need them and they need united states . someone at isi says they must have a department of hedged bets playing both sides against the middle and have to find a way to live with that.

    >> harold.

    >> i agree with professor carter. some people around the globe ask us at times about our own security and our own intelligence. you had no terrorist in the united states learning not to take off but how to fly planes and not land them. we had some suggestions maybe those people should have been investigated years ago. we allowed obama to get on a plane in europe when his father went to an embassy and said i think my son might be finding company with people who are known terrorists and allowed him to get on a plane and come to the united states . there can be questions about us as well, this is huge, we're saying he's in pakistan , sitting in a neighborhood living in the biggest building in the upper eastside and we didn't know, this is the equivalent of that. we have to be careful, this is an important ally for a lot of reasons and hopefully the pakistani investigation will uncover what happened. i will with hold judgment until they finish.

    >> harold ford jr . and stephen carter , thank you very much.

    >> harold stengel takes us on the new issue of the death of bin laden . we'll be right back. hawsawi.

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  1. Pakistani boys while demolition takes place on the compound where Osama bin Laden was slain in 2011 in the northwestern town of Abbottabad on Feb. 26, 2012.

    More photos from Abbottabad one year after Osama bin Laden (Aamir Qureshi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. An aerial view shows the residential area of Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. commandos. (Asif Hassan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A general view of the town of Abbottabad, May 6. Bin Laden was living in a large house close to a military academy in this garrison town, a two-and-a-half hour-drive from the capital, Islamabad. (Khaqan Khawer / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami rally to condemn the killing of bin Laden, in Abbottabad on May 6. (Aqeel Ahmed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A Pakistani woman photographs her daughter on May , at a gate of the compound where bin Laden was caught and killed. (Aqeel Ahmed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. School girls pass by armed Pakistani policemen guarding the sealed entrance to the compound in Abbottabad, May 5, in which bin Laden had been living. (MD Nadeem / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Part of a damaged helicopter rests in the compound after U.S. Navy SEAL commandos killed bin Laden, May 2, in a photo made available on May 4. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Boys herd sheep past the compound where U.S. Navy SEAL commandos killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad May 5. (Akhtar Soomro / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Pakistani security officials arrive at the Osama bin Laden compound in Abbottabad on Wednesday, May 4. (Aamir Qureshi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Local residents gather outside a burned section of bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad. (Aamir Qureshi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A Pakistani police officer gestures at a checkpoint along a road leading to a house where bin Laden was captured and killed in Abbottabad. Area residents were still confused and suspicious about bin Laden's death, which took place before dawn on Monday. (Anjum Naveed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Pakistani children look out from a high vantage point at bin Laden's compound on Tuesday, May 3. (Aqeel Ahmed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Pakistan army troops remove canvas screens from outside the compound's house. (Anjum Naveed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Neighbors and news media gather around the compound, right, after authorities ease security around the property. (Aqeel Ahmed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A satellite image, taken June 15, 2005, shows the Abbottabad compound, center, where bin Laden was killed in on Monday. (DigitalGlobe via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. A Pakistani soldier secures the compound. (T. Mughal / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. The compound is seen in flames after it was attacked early May 2 in this still image taken from cellphone video footage. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Part of a damaged U.S. MH-60 helicopter lies the compound. The helicopter was destroyed by U.S. forces after a mechanical failure left it unable to take off. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A still image from video obtained by ABC News shows blood stains in the interior of the house where bin Laden was killed. (ABC News via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Aerial views released by the Department of Defense show the area in Abbottabad in 2004, left, before the house was built, and in 2011, right. (Department of Defense via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. A graphic released by the Department of Defense shows the compound where bin Laden was killed. (Department of Defense via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Pakistani soldiers and police officers patrol near the house, background, where bin Laden had lived. (Anjum Naveed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. The hideout of bin Laden is seen the day after his death. (Farooq Naeem / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Students look toward the compound from a nearby religious school in Abbottabad. (Faisal Mahmood / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Pakistani security officials survey the walls of the compound where bin Laden was killed. The outer walls were between 10 and 18 feet high. (MD Nadeem / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Pakistani soldiers stand guard near the compound May 2. (Anjum Naveed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Boys collect pieces of metal from a wheat field outside bin Laden's house, seen in the background, on May 3. People showed off small parts of what appeared to be a U.S. helicopter that the U.S. says malfunctioned and was blown up by the American team as it retreated. (Anjum Naveed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Pakistani security officials stand guard at the main entrance to the compound on May 3. (MD Nadeem / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. An image from video seized from the walled compound of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, and released by the U.S. Department of Defense, shows Osama bin Laden watching TV. He is said to have spent his last weeks in a house divided, amid wives riven by suspicions. On the top floor, sharing his bedroom, was his youngest wife and favorite. The trouble came when his eldest wife showed up and moved into the bedroom on the floor below. (Department of Defense via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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