Questionable article raises questions about Osama bin Laden's death
The US Government has been lying to us about Osama bin Laden's death, according to a controversial article written by investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh. Hersh claims that bin Laden was not hiding in Pakistan when he was killed, but rather was a prisoner of the Pakistani military, who aided the US military in killing bin Laden while he slept in his bed unarmed. Water-boarding and other harsh interrogation tactics were not used to gain intelligence about bin Laden's whereabouts; instead, the US gave a 25 million dollar reward to a Pakistani who offered up the information willingly, according to Hersh. Bin Laden's dead body was not buried at sea, but instead, what little was left of his bullet-ridden corpse was allegedly dropped from a helicopter over the Hindu Kush mountains by Navy SEALs.
Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist with decades of experience writing about the US military, and has uncovered salient stories like the Vietnam War's My Lai massacre. Yet his theories about the death of Osama bin Laden has been receiving criticism, as skeptics say his sources aren't credible and his evidence is undocumented.
Many of his stories in recent years have been considered to be more along the lines of conspiracy theory than investigative journalism, jeopardizing his credibility as a reliable and objective authority.
The story was published in the London Review of Books, despite Hersh's close relationship with The New Yorker. Some believe The New Yorker didn't take his story because it conflicted with an article they published in 2011 by journalist Nicholas Schmidle who provided a detailed account of what happened the night bin Laden was killed.
Others believe that the New Yorker, along with The Washington Post, turned down his story because the editors believed the story did not hold to their standards and because of Hersh's recent history of flimsy, conspricy-laden reporting.