White House Lying About How Bin Laden Was Killed: Seymour Hersh

White House Lying About How Bin Laden Was Killed: Seymour Hersh
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Journalist Seymour Hersh revealed in a recent article that the White House lied about how former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011. The article, published on the London Review of Books website, claims to be an “alternative history of the way on terror.”


Hersh’s primary source was an unnamed individual who questioned President Barack Obama’s account of how the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks was killed.

The source was “a retired senior intelligence official who was knowledgeable about the initial intelligence about bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad,” Hersh said.

The article says that bin Laden had been kept inside the Abbottabad compound for years before the raid the U.S. claims resulted in the death of the terrorist. He had been held captive by Pakistani intelligence agency since 2006 as leverage against the attacks conducted by Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Hersh said.

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President Obama and the U.S. officials have stated categorically that bin Laden was killed in a Navy SEALS operation in 2011. The operation was conducted without the assistance of Pakistan’s special forces, nor were they informed about the raid before it was executed.

While the U.S. claims they had been tracking bin Laden’s movements through his most trusted courier, it was through a Pakistani intelligence officer who sought the $25 million reward that the U.S. was able to know bin Laden’s whereabouts, according to Business Insider.

In his startling 10,000-word article, Hersh wrote, “The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account.

“The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders — General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of the ISI — were never informed of the US mission. This remains the White House position despite an array of reports that have raised questions.

“(B)in Laden had been a prisoner of the ISI at the Abbottabad compound since 2006 … Kayani and Pasha knew of the raid in advance and had made sure that the two helicopters delivering the Seals to Abbottabad could cross Pakistani airspace without triggering any alarms … that the CIA did not learn of bin Laden’s whereabouts by tracking his couriers, as the White House has claimed since May 2011, but from a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer who betrayed the secret in return for much of the $25 million reward offered by the US, and that, while Obama did order the raid and the Seal team did carry it out, many other aspects of the administration’s account were false.”

Hersh began investigating the matter in 2013, when he was consistently accusing America of falsifying the facts surrounding the death of bin Laden.

“Not one word of it is true,” Hersh had said in a Sept 2013 interview with The Guardian.

According to New York Daily News, Hersh’s accusations could potentially cause credibility problems for the White House, including 2016 hopeful Hilary Clinton.

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