CIA organised fake vaccination drive to get Osama bin Laden's family DNA

According to an article in The Guardian ( ) the CIA orchestrated a fake vaccination program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to gather DNA evidence from Osama bin Laden's family. They recruited a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, who organized the drive under the guise of a hepatitis B vaccination campaign. Afridi paid local health workers to participate without revealing the true purpose. The plan involved administering the vaccine in poorer areas initially, then moving to the affluent neighborhood where Bin Laden resided. Afridi hoped to obtain DNA samples through the vaccinations, possibly by trained nurses withdrawing blood after administering the vaccine. Despite these efforts, it's unclear if the CIA successfully obtained Bin Laden's DNA. Pakistani intelligence discovered Afridi's involvement during their investigation into Bin Laden's death. Afridi's arrest strained US-Pakistan relations further, with the US subsequently cutting military aid to Pakistan. The CIA declined to comment on the operation.