France and the United States said on Saturday they could not confirm a report that Osama bin Laden had died and France launched a probe into how a secret document containing the claim was leaked.This report reeks as badly as a bachelor's refrigerator; motives?
The French regional daily L'Est Republicain, published in Nancy, quoted a document from France's DGSE foreign intelligence service as saying the Saudi secret services were convinced the al Qaeda leader had died of typhoid in Pakistan in late August.
- By releasing the news now, before it can be confirmed, takes away the possibility of an "October Surprise". If later proved true, media will call it a "ho-hum", old news, not worthy of the front page.
- Democrats stand to benefit from the early release of the news. They'll start the drumbeat for total withdrawal of troops. Expect to see the - er - can't call it groundswell - how about carefully orchestrated chorus from the usual suspects?
- I'm inclined to believe it's a lie, designed to get us to take our eyes off Pakistan's borders, whence AQ will wisk him away for medical treatment. In other words, a feint.