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French Report: Bin Laden Died Last Month

From his diehard fans at Reuters:

France unable to confirm report bin Laden is dead

By Anna Willard

PARIS (Reuters) – France said it could not confirm a report on Saturday that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had died in Pakistan last month.

The French regional daily L’Est Republicain, published in Nancy, quoted a document from the DGSE foreign intelligence service as saying the Saudi secret services were convinced bin Laden had died of typhoid in late August.

French President Jacques Chirac told reporters after a summit with leaders of Germany and Russia that bin Laden’s death "has not been confirmed in any way whatsoever, and so I have no comment to make." …

In Paris, Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie ordered a probe into the leaking of the classified DGSE document…

"RELIABLE SOURCE"

The French newspaper printed what it said was a copy of the report, dated September 21, and said it had been passed on to Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin the same day.

"According to a usually reliable source, the Saudi services are now convinced that Osama bin Laden is dead," it read.

"The information gathered by the Saudis indicates that the head of al Qaeda fell victim, while he was in Pakistan on August 23, 2006, to a very serious case of typhoid that led to a partial paralysis of his internal organs."

The report, which was stamped "confidential defense" and with the initials of the French secret service, said Saudi Arabia had first heard the information on September 4 and was waiting for more details before making an official announcement…

Senior U.S. intelligence figures have cautioned against assuming that bin Laden’s death or capture would automatically have a substantial impact in the war on terrorism…

One of the funny things about this is that the French press is mostly concerned with how this intelligence report came to be leaked to that newspaper, rather than the story itself. They are outraged that such a thing could happen.

The other telling development is how our one party media is now insisting that the death of Bin Laden would have no impact whatsoever upon the terrorists. We are assured that they will just keep on chugging along.

And yet it seems like only yesterday that their mantra was that getting Bin Laden would cure everything. And that President Bush was criminally negligent for not putting on a uniform and going to Afghanistan (or more likely, Pakistan) and doing the job himself.

But if you are going to carry the DNC’s water, you must be flexible.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 23rd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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