President Barack Obama lied to the American public about the 2011 killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden, according to legendary journalist Seymour Hersh.
Hersh wrote in the London Review of Books that the administration rushed to take sole credit for killing the terrorist behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when in fact, the government of Pakistan provided significant assistance. And he called out several details that have become to be accepted as fact:
This spring I contacted Durrani and told him in detail what I had learned about the bin Laden assault from American sources: that bin Laden had been a prisoner of the ISI at the Abbottabad compound since 2006; that 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.
Among the other claims Hersh made are that there was no firefight at the compound, only the shots that killed bin Laden, and that the terrorist mastermind was never burred at sea.
The military and intelligence communities scrambled to corroborate the president’s version of events, Hersh added.
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