Wednesday, 4 May 2011

'Claims Bin Laden used wife as shield were false'

The Daily Telegraph reports today that The White House admitted last night that its initial account of the way Osama Bin Laden died at the hands of US forces had been riddled with errors - including claims that he had used his wife as a human shield.

That claim led to several UK papers, including the Telegraph and Daily Express, splashing that Bin Laden had acted like a coward, cowering behind his wife.

Telegraph says claims that the al-Qaeda leader had died while firing an automatic weapon at commandos were withdrawn, with President Barack Obama’s spokesman admitting “he was unarmed”.

It adds: "A dramatic description of bin Laden using his wife as a “human shield” and forcing her to sacrifice her life also proved to be false. The woman was still alive and was taken into custody with several of the terrorist’s children.

"In an embarrassing climb-down, Barack Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, admitted that the previous version of events — which came mostly from the chief US counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan — had been put out “with great haste”.

"The about-turn left the US open to accusations of a cover-up and led to calls for video footage of the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and images of bin Laden’s body to be released to end conspiracy theories."

1 comment:

Logo said...

This is very interesting. May or may not be true. You'll have to decide for yourselves. Just keep your eyes open and balance the whole thing.