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Bhutto's friend and consultant Mark Siegel on All Things Considered

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Bhutto Blamed Musharraf for Lack of Security

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Bhutto Blamed Musharraf for Lack of Security

Bhutto's friend and consultant Mark Siegel on All Things Considered

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In an e-mail she sent two months ago that was to be made public in the event of her death, Benazir Bhutto blames Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and the nation's Intelligence Service for a lack of security and her ultimate death.

The recipient of that e-mail, Mark Siegel, had been helping her to write a book, Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West, to be released in 2008. He was a business associate and friend who had known Bhutto for 25 years.

Siegel says Bhutto had asked for an investigation into an assassination attempt in October, when she returned to Pakistan, but was rebuffed. She and her husband also had sought increased security measures — none of which the government would provide.

Mark Siegel talks with Robert Siegel.

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