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bin Laden Death Report Questioned

Following a report in a French newspaper that quoted "usually reliable sources" (Saudi Arabian) that Usama bin Laden had died of typhoid fever, France is investigating the bin Laden 'death' leak.

French President Jacques Chirac said on Saturday he would investigate the leak of confidential French defense ministry documents containing a report that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead, and stressed the report had been in no way confirmed.

"I was rather surprised to see that a confidential note from the DGSE (General Directorate for External Security) was published and I have asked the minister of Defense to start an investigation immediately and to reach whatever conclusions are necessary," Chirac said.

"Secondly, speaking of the source of the information itself, this information is in no way confirmed."

In fact, reports are beginning to surface that the word of bin Laden's death are an al-Qaeda disinformation operation through Pakistan's ISI after North Waziristan truce with the al-Qaeda-Taliban alliance. (India Daily)

Pakistan has spread the rumor that typhoid killed Osama Bin Laden in August.Report on Osama Bin Laden's death from typhoid is a set up by Pakistan's ISI after truce with Taliban.

Officially Pakistan denies even of hearing any thing like that...

French secret service got the information from their ISI dual agent bases working to protect France from Pakistan based Islamic terrorists.

A senior official in Pakistan's Interior Ministry also said: "We have no information about Osama's death."

The daily L''est Republicain reported that, according to a French secret service report, Saudi Arabia was convinced that bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan in late August.

There is likely good reason this sat quietly within French intelligence circles until now. If bin Laden is in Pakistan as suspected, it may be worth considering the typhoid fever occurrence and death rate in the region. A 2005 CDC study reflected fewer than 400 incidences per 100,000 in Pakistan and a death rate of <5. The risk is highest among the poorest with little medical care. Usama bin Laden likely lacks little for health care, given his wealth and stature.

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1 Comment

Yes, all very suss'.
Yet post 9/11 anniversary and the release of "file images" we can't confirm he's still alive.
We also know he's living rough. He's so careful of being tracked he won't even wear a wristwatch.
To me, that suggests [wealth aside] his medical care would be crude, and if he still requires advanced care [kidneys??] almost no "modern" - particularly electronic - equipment would be available.

Factor in the use of traditional transport [to avoid drone detection], such as mule, foot, cart used by all who are asociated, and one can see how he may have fallen ill and simply had no real effective diagnostic tools/medical intervention: either at all, or in time.

Either way it's moot. We have to confirm for ourselves. The tribal and political dynamics in these two regions are deeply complex, so yes mate, anything could be going on.