Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden · LRB 21 May 2015

Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden · LRB 21 May 2015:

Once the cover story was blown, and the death was made public, the White House had a serious “Where’s the body?” problem. The world knew US forces had killed bin Laden in Abbottabad. Panic city. What to do? We need a “functional body” because we have to be able to say we identified bin Laden via a DNA analysis. It would be navy officers who came up with the “burial at sea” idea. Perfect. No body. Honourable burial following sharia law. Burial is made public in great detail, but Freedom of Information documents confirming the burial are denied for reasons of “national security”. It’s the classic unravelling of a poorly constructed cover story – it solves an immediate problem but, given the slighest inspection, there is no back-up support.

A fascinating read. No doubt this will create fodder for future ‘the government is hiding stuff from us’ conspiracies for years to come.

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