Did Seymour Hersh Succumb To US Disinformation?

Did Seymour Hersh Succumb To US Disinformation?

In an article published Sunday on the London Review of Books website, Seymour Hersh gave a long account of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

He claimed that there was no firefight at the Pakistani compound and that facts were skewed so that Obama could claim political glory

Hersh concluded that the Obama regime’s account Bin Laden’s homicide was a total fabrication except for the fact that Bin Laden was killed.

However there are many who believe that Bin Laden had died long before the US claim to have assassinated him.

Dr Paul Craig Roberts is one person who does not believe Hersh’s story and he outlines the three reasons why in this report by Press TV:

One reason is that Bin Laden was suffering from disease that no one can survive for a decade.

His death was widely reported in 2001.

One reason is that even Hersh’s “true” account of “what really happened” is contradicted by eye witnesses and the initial Pakistani TV interviews of eye witnesses.

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden suffered from lung and kidney diseases. A man suffering from terminal lung and kidney disease did not survive for another decade to be murdered by a US Navy SEAL team in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.

One reason is that Hersh’s story is too convoluted for an assassination raid, a routine event. He exposes lies within lies, indecision within decision, payoffs within payoffs, and reports such a huge number of people with advance knowledge of the raid that it cannot possibly have been kept a secret.

I could add a fourth reason – the US government’s lack of credibility. Washington lies about everything. For example: Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Iranian ‘nukes’, Russian invasion of Ukraine. If, as Hersh reports, lies comprise 99% of Washington’s tale of the raid in Abbottabad, why believe that 1% of the story is true and that Bin Laden was killed.

It is difficult to have murder without a body. The only evidence that Bin Laden was killed is the government’s claim.


The US national security team gathered on May 2, 2011 in the White House Situation Room to monitor the progress of the American mission to assassinate Osama bin Laden.

In my opinion, Washington’s disinformation agencies have finally managed to deceive Seymour Hersh with a concocted “inside story” that saves Washington’s claim of having murdered Bin Laden by proving that the US government is an extraordinary liar and violator of law.

Hersh’s story does prove that the US government is a liar, but it does not prove that a SEAL team murdered Osama bin Laden.

This article originally appeared on Reprinted with permission from the author.