Pakistan is denying U.S. investigators access to Osama bin Laden's compound and the wives who lived there with him, a rebuke to the U.S. that is escalating tensions between the two allies in the wake of the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader, according to ABC News.
Pakistan's prime minister Monday spoke publicly for the first time since the operation about the raid and rejected accusations that Pakistani officials aided bin Laden, who had been hiding in Pakistan for several years.
Gaining access to bin Laden's compounds and his wives are among the United States' key demands to Pakistan and officials say the denial is another disappointment from Pakistan.
Pakistanis have in custody three of bin Laden's wives, eight of his children and five other children, according to a senior Pakistani military official.
Bin Laden and four others were killed in a daring pre-dawn raid last week after U.S. helicopters lowered a team of SEALs behind the compound's high walls. The terrorist leader's death leaves al-Qaida with an uncertain future and represents America's most successful counterterrorism mission.