In an interview with the Guardian’s Media Blog last week, legendary journalist Seymour Hersh was quoted as saying he disbelieved the official story of the Osama bin Laden assassination, a rather shocking claim that got picked up by this website and others.
Here’s the relevant text:
“Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011 [see footnote].
Hersh is writing a book about national security and has devoted a chapter to the bin Laden killing. He says a recent report put out by an “independent” Pakistani commission about life in the Abottabad compound in which Bin Laden was holed up would not stand up to scrutiny. “The Pakistanis put out a report, don’t get me going on it. Let’s put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It’s a bullshit report,” he says hinting of revelations to come in his book.
That “see footnote” is new. Apparently Hersh was not referring to the actual assassination of bin Laden, but the subsequent reports. Here’s the correction:
Hersh has pointed out that he was in no way suggesting that Osama bin Laden was not killed in Pakistan, as reported, upon the president’s authority: he was saying that it was in the aftermath that the lying began.
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