Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sy Hersh has a knack for bringing out facts that US administrations don’t want brought out, and his weekend release on the assassination of Osama bin Laden, and the littany of lies the administration told in the wake of the operation, has put the White House again on the defensive.
The White House is insisting that the whole Hersh report is simply false, and that every single claim it makes is “baseless.” They seemed particularly irked at the report that bin Laden’s discovery was made possible by a tip by a former Pakistani official, insisting it was a “US operation through and through.”
Typical of such denials, the White House is offering no evidence for their claims, and is simply referring people back to their initial narrative from 2011, claiming it is all the truth, including the parts that don’t make sense.
Hersh is defending his report, saying that he wasn’t surprised to hear the US denials because “I’ve been around a long time,” and saying he didn’t feel like he was going out on much of a limb with the report.
Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell was the most vehement in the denials, saying that every single sentence in the story was wrong, and that the Pakistani sources obviously weren’t trustworthy because “the Pakistanis did not know.”
The persistent administration claims that Pakistan was totally in the dark about the operation, both in the lead-up and during the raid, had been one of the least reasonable parts of the official story, as it is unthinkable that US troops would be able to invade a city deep inside Pakistan, just outside the nation’s capital city, and carry out an assassination raid without Pakistan haven’t any knowledge until the US told them after the troops had already left.