BBC Television are to air a documentary that questions whether or not the CIA actually killed Osama bin Laden as claimed in May 2011.
The documentary, The Bin Laden Conspiracy, examines the popular conspiracy theory that Osama had died years before the U.S. allegedly ‘caught’ him and ‘killed’ him.
As reported extensively by alternative News websites such as ours, Osama is believed to have died in 2007, as admitted by Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister for Pakistan, in a television interview with the BBC.
Are the mainstream media finally taking conspiracy theories a little more seriously?
In May 2011, when a team of US Navy SEALs stormed a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan and killed the world’s most wanted terror target, it became a definitive moment in Barack Obama’s presidency. Over the past four years, though, doubts about the official account of Osama bin Laden’s death have been raised – to the point where veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has alleged that the whole story was fabricated.
The Pulitzer Prize-winner last month published a 10,000-word report, attempting to discredit the White House’s version. Far from the US acting alone and the raid being an act of American derring-do, Hersh suggests that Pakistan knew about it at the highest level, had been holding Bin Laden prisoner and struck a deal.
Now reporter Jane Corbin – who was on the ground in Abbottabad that night – examines the evidence. Corbin heads to Washington to meet Mike Morrell, CIA deputy director at the time, and uses a stash of newly released documents to reconstruct Bin Laden’s extraordinary life in the custom-built compound, where he lived for six years with his three wives and nine of his children. How did he remain under the radar and maintain security? Did he wear a cowboy hat to shield his face from satellite surveillance? Was an extensive collection of pornography seized, as the Americans have hinted? And was he still running al-Qaeda from his secret bunker?
The Bin Laden Conspiracy? is tonight on BBC Two at 10.00pm