Body Of Evidence: Osama Bin Laden, Stratfor, WikiLeaks, And Journalism That Isn’t


From Russ Baker's

"Tantalizing but untrue. The back story is revealing about the tragic ways in which the public is jerked around: manipulated and lied to both by the government and by irresponsible critics of the government who benefit from selling fear and scandal. ** The kerfuffle over Osama’s body got impetus recently when the website WikiLeaks began publishing a vast trove of e-mails from the private US security company Stratfor.

They had been obtained by the hacker collective Anonymous and its splinter group Lulzsec. Quite a few of the e-mails are interesting, but one set stood out. They were from the day after the US raid on a Pakistani compound where, we are told, Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, then flew his body to a ship, whence it was dumped in the ocean.

In the early morning of May 2nd, 2011,Stratfor staffers began sending internal e-mails about the bin Laden news. Most of them were from Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice president for intelligence. The first, and the one that got so much interest, contained the provocative subject line “[alpha] Body bound for Dover, DE on CIA plane


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Lazy Journalism

"OBL body being flown to Bethesda" is just lazy journalism - it's what every journalist does they write the story as if it happened but it was just the journalist writing what should have happened if protocols were being followed - which in OBL's case was NOT being followed. The fact that this was written by Fred Burton - a supposed intelligence analyst - doesn't excuse the fact that he was making it up based on his (out-of-date) knowledge of the protocols. Out of date? The Bethesda was in the processed of being closed and was unlikely to be used for this event.

Who believes that OBL was alive in 2011 anyway!?