Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SY HERSH’S BIN LADEN STORY FIRST REPORTED IN 2011 — WITH SEEMINGLY DIFFERENT SOURCES

Source: The Intercept

(1) the U.S. did not learn about bin Laden’s location from tracking an al Qaeda courier, but from a member of the Pakistani intelligence service who wanted to collect the $25 million reward the U.S. had offered for bin Laden; (2) Saudi Arabia was paying Pakistan to keep bin Laden under the equivalent of house arrest; (3) Pakistan was pressured by the U.S. to stand down its military to allow the U.S. raid to proceed unhindered; and (4) the U.S. had planned to claim that bin Laden had been killed in a drone strike in the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, but was forced to abandon this when one of the Navy SEAL helicopters crashed.

The Intercept cannot corroborate the reporting of either Hillhouse or Hersh

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