Wikileaks Diplomatic Cables Leak 07TELAVIV2652: Mossad was Concerned for Musharraf’s Wellbeing

The leaked cable dating from August 2007, shows that Mossad had an interest in Musharraf retaining power, Mossad chief Meir Dagan was intimately aware of the intricacies of Pakistani politics and even had an interest in the ‘Wardi’ issue i.e. he wanted Musharraf to retain both the presidency and his post as head of the army at the same time and remain in power for the next few years. The paragraphs which include the Mossad chief’s statements on Musharraf are excerpted below :

1. (S) In an August 17 meeting, Israeli Mossad Chief Meir Dagan thanked Under Secretary Burns for America’s support of Israel as evidenced by the previous day’s signing of an MOU that provides Israel with USD 30 billion in security assistance from 2008-2018. Dagan provided his assessment of the Middle East region, Pakistan and Turkey, stressing Israel’s (a) concern for President Musharraf’s well-being

D4. (S) Assessing the region, Dagan said Israel sees itself in the middle of a rapidly changing environment, in which the fate of one Middle Eastern country is connected to another. Dagan then said he was concerned about how long Pakistani President Musharraf would survive

16. (S) On Pakistan, Dagan said that President Musharraf is losing control, and that some of his coalition partners could threaten him in the future. The key question, Dagan said, is whether Musharraf retains his commander-in-chief role in addition to his role as president. If not, he will have problems. Dagan observed that there has been an increase in the number of attempts on Musharraf’s life, and wondered whether he will survive the next few years.

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