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Snowden Documents Show Pentagon Lied In Resposnse To FOIA Request Regarding Bin Laden Death

Documents obtained by Edward Snowden and given to The Washington Post seem to establish that the Pentagon lied in a Freedom of Information Act request in connection with the death of Osama bin Laden:

WASHINGTON (KABC) – Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden end any doubt that Osama bin Laden could still be alive.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that secret budget files provided by Snowden show that a U.S. military lab in Afghanistan analyzed DNA from bin Laden’s body and confirmed his identity shortly after he was killed. The test results were “a conclusive match,” the Post said.

The Pentagon denied more than a year ago it had any records of these tests in a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

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  1. al-Ameda says:

    WASHINGTON (KABC) – Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden end any doubt that Osama bin Laden could still be alive.

    To my knowledge the only people who thought that Bin Laden’s death was somehow faked and covered up by the Obama Administration, were right-wing conspiracists, and Islamist conspiracists.

    Also, how did a contractor like Snowden get access to all manner of classified documents? I’m guessing that outsourcing our national security system is going to be looked at carefully, no?

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  2. michael reynolds says:

    @al-Ameda:

    Nah, don’t you know that private industry always does it better? Faith-based economics.

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  3. Just Me says:

    What I don’t understand is why the Pentagon or anyone in the administration would lie about this.

    There is no security issue involved and the truth would have been more helpful than the lie.

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  4. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    What I don’t understand is why the Pentagon or anyone in the administration would lie about this.

    Because it’s what they do. It’s their nature.

    Meanwhile, the doctor who helped us by verifying Obama was in Abbottabad is currently rotting in a Pakistani jail for doing just that. And he was outed after the Obama administration leaked details of the Bin Laden raid.

    Just goes to show you that helping the Obama administration and expecting them to show any gratitude is sheer foolishness.

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  5. Bob @ Youngstown says:

    Just wondering….. How does the Washington Post corrobrate any of the “Snowden Documents”?

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  6. James in Silverdale, WA says:

    If the lips of government are moving, the lies are just beginning.

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  7. al-Ameda says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    Just goes to show you that helping the Obama administration and expecting them to show any gratitude is sheer foolishness.

    No kidding – just ask Orly Taitz and Donald Trump.

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