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UBL DEAD! ?? Not
Les services secrets saoudiens auraient acquis la conviction que le fondateur d’Al-QaÃ¯da est mort.
Chirac said he was “a bit surprised” at the leak and has asked Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie to probe how a document from a French foreign intelligence service was published in the French press.
The French Press paperÂ L’est Republicain and the Hindustani Times are reportingÂ of Osama Bin Laden’s death, this coming fromÂ leaked security memos that included informationÂ from Saudi Arabia intelligence services. France is investigating the leaks, but the memos report UBL dieing in Pakistan from Typhoid in late August. This might explain a few things, likeÂ Clinton’s recent rant, the funeral not fired upon report, and the recent tactics of the Taliban, which caused 1000-1500 Taliban deaths the past month. UPDATE: CNN carrying this story at 9:11 AM central. Update: Fox News now carrying the story. 11:40 central
Update: Un-named Saudi sources are quoted byÂ Times.com as saying that UBL was ill etc., however Fox News just flashed a letter onscreen from the Saudi Government denying the report. Interesting, could this be another “faked intelligence memo” of the sort that tend to come out at election time? Is this an attempt by the left to sidetrack the issue of terrorism? The last two fake memos regarded Bush’s guard duty, and the yellow-cake plame affair; these past fakeriesÂ should by now have us suspicious at least. I will keep playing however, Osama is dead until proven otherwise.
Update: This quote from the Sauds: Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry offered no details. “I’ve heard the reports, but I have no information at all. I have no idea,” spokesman Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press..