US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says President
Barack Obama’s narrative of the killing of former al-Qaeda leader Osama
bin Laden was false.
In an article
published on the London Review of Books website on Sunday, Hersh wrote
that high-level lying “remains the modus operandi of US policy, along
with secret prisons, drone attacks, Special Forces night raids,
bypassing the chain of command, and cutting out those who might say no.”
a retired senior US intelligence official, the journalist explained
that how the killing of bin Laden was the “high point of Obama’s first
term, and a major factor in his re-election.”
“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,” Hersh said.
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,” Hersh wrote.
Journalist Seymour HershHe also said bin Laden had been a prisoner of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency at the Abbottabad compound since 2006.
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,” according to the journalist.
Washington announced on May 2, 2011 that bin Laden was killed by US forces in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
number of media reports later said the US government was moving to hide
files about the US military’s suspected raid on Osama bin Laden.
The lack of transparency over bin Laden’s death has cast further doubt over the announcement.
Regarding President Obama’s announcement of the raid to Americans, Hersh said, “Obama’s speech was put together in a rush.”
He also said the White House refused to respond to his requests for comment.