Washington (CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Ayman al-Zawahiri is likely in Pakistan but doesn’t think he is being protected by the government.
“Do I believe that they - the government is harboring him? No. Do I believe the government might know, or the ISI might know likely places where he would be? Yes. Do I believe that the ISI could find him if they really wanted to? Yes,” the Democratic chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the longtime deputy to Osama bin Laden, will take over leadership of al Qaeda, according to a statement posted on several jihadist websites Thursday.
Feinstein said that she hopes Pakistan will press to find the leader.
"It makes no sense for the Pakistanis to want to harbor terrorists," the senator said. "Because if you're real terrorists, they don't stop. They will one day come after Pakistan.”