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Did President Obama deceive Americans with his narrative of the 2011 assassination of Osama bin Laden?
Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh says so in a narrative published on Sunday.
The renowned author accuses Obama of rushing to take credit for the al-Qaida leader’s death.
“It’s been four years since a group of U.S. Navy SEALs assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” Hersh writes in an article on the London Review of Books. “The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election.”
Hersh argues Obama’s decision – he terms it “high-level lying” – to take credit for bin Laden’s death forced the military and intelligence communities to scramble to corroborate the president’s version of events.