Universal doubt about video in Abbottabad
The man in the US Defense Dept video may not be Bin Laden at all, but the man whose house he was renting, the BBC claimed in a website posting timed at 18:33 GMT yesterday.
BBC Reporter Orla Guerin took to the streets of the town where bin Laden was said to have been hiding, and found that almost nobody thought the older man featured in the video (of ‘OBL’ watching a video) was the late Al Q-eida leader. You can see the clip in full here.
“This man, I know him,” says a local newsagent, “he is my neighbour. He owns the house where Bin Laden was hiding”.
Now of course, there is an element here of ‘they would say that’. But it is now widely accepted that Bin Laden is dead: where is the advantage in doubting the ID of one bloke in one clip?
The Slog understands that there is every chance this particular clip is yet another SNAFU rather than deliberately faked evidence; some of the other footage taken of him outside bears all the hallmarks of being Bin Laden. But this is just the latest in a series of hype, blunders and unexplained censorship by the Obama Administration.
For example, Bin Laden is shown as a broken, shuffling man. But he was also personally in charge of a global terrorist organisation, vetting and approving each and every atrocity. Come again?
Yesterday on CBS, President Obama continued to big up the metal nature of his balls by telling viewers “I felt there was only a 55/45 chance of success.” So you stake a house out for six months, and you claim to have convincing evidence that ISI knew Bin Laden was there all along. But you weren’t sure he was. Why not?
Who knows, but Obama told CBS that anyone with doubts about the White House account “should have their head examined”. So there you have it: we’re all mad except the guy changing his story with every day.
The left-hand-right-hand miscommunication continued throughout yesterday. Towards the end of his TV interview, the President openly cast doubt on Pakistan’s role, saying “[Bin Laden] must have had some kind of support network there”. However, in the morning the White House’s chief security officer had told the Washington Post there was “no evidence suggesting that Pakistan’s intelligence, military or political establishment knew anything about bin Laden’s secret hideout”.