Seymour Hersh Claims Fiction Associated With Bin Laden Raid
New Yorker contributor Seymour Hersh says we weren’t told the truth about the raid to get bin Laden.
Hersh defended his major revisionist account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden on CNN’sNew Day Monday morning, arguing against a skeptical Chris Cuomo.
“I’ve been around a long time, long of tooth in the business, and I understand the consequences of what I’m saying,” Hersh said.
The article — published in the London Review of Books, not in the New Yorker, where Hersh is a regular contributor — alleges that the U.S. killed bin Laden with the cooperation (and payment) of Pakistani officials, and that bin Laden was being held captive by Pakistanis in Abbottabad, not hiding out. This would make the Obama administration’s account of the daring SEAL Team Six raid a fiction on the level, according to Hersh, of Alice in Wonderland.
“You have to think about this,” Hersh said. “A team of SEALS…go into the middle of Pakistan, take out a guy with no air cover, no protection, no security, no trouble. Are you kidding me?”