Pulitzer-winning journalist says White House lied about how terrorist was killed

In an article published on the London Review of Books, Hersh claimed the White House fed the public lie after lie about how the US killed bin Laden in May 2011.

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Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer-award winning journalist has called into question the White House's account of how Taliban leader and most-wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden was killed.

In an article published on the London Review of Books, Hersh claimed the White House fed the public lie after lie about how the US killed bin Laden in May 2011.

Citing a single unnamed source, Hersh says that while US President Barack Obama touted bin Laden's killing in a Pakistani compound as an "all-American affair", US officials infact got assistance from upper-level Pakistani officials.

He went on to say that bin Laden wasn't "hiding" in Pakistan when Navy Seals found him as the US government claimed, rather Hersh alleges, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was holding bin Laden as a prisoner and a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer tipped the US off about bin Laden's whereabouts in exchange for the $25 million reward on bin Laden at the time.

According to Hersh, his main source inside the US is an unnamed senior intelligence official with knowledge about the raid that killed bin Laden.

Adding that he got corroborating information from two longtime consultants to Special Operations Command in the US and that he spoke to sources "inside Pakistan."

He however said the White House did not respond to his requests for comment. As broken down by the Business Insider, here are the main areas of the bin Laden operation that weren't true:

  • Taliban
  • Al Qaeda
  • Afghanistan
  • Jalalabad
  • Hindu Kush
  • Seals

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