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Wikileaks Defense Contractor Emails Say Bin Laden Body Not Dumped at Sea

Updated on January 8, 2017

In what merited only a link on the Fox Nation website leading to the "fake news" media Russia Today, entirely under the radar, yet another item of real news never to see the light of CNN's 24/7 news ticker is the leak that Bin Laden was never "buried at sea" according to non-existent Muslim custom, as the Pentagon officially maintains.

After the raid in Pakistan which allegedly killed bin Laden, on May 2nd, 2011, Muslim scholars interviewed by the UK Guardian disputed that burial at sea was a custom. One was Abdul-Sattar al-Janabi, who preaches at Baghdad's Abu Hanifa mosque, who said:

"It is not acceptable and it is almost a crime to throw the body of a Muslim man into the sea. The body of Bin Laden should have been handed over to his family to look for a country to bury him."

Rather, emails hacked by Wikileaks from a high-level quasi-military provider of intelligence dubbed the "Shadow CIA," suggest that a body referred to by the contractor as being Osama bin Laden's was transported on a CIA plane to Dover AFB and sent to a military pathologist.

In attempting a real news debunk of the Fox-linked story, The Atlantic's John Hudson tries gamely:

"there's no mention of the first email Burton sent where he says "Reportedly, we took the body with us..." That first word suggests he's just reading news reports and passing along information."

Fred Burton is the CEO of Stratfor, a private intelligence contractor for the US government with deep links into defense and intelligence establishments, both here and abroad.

Why would "that first word" "reportedly" suggest Burton is "just reading news reports?" Maybe the reports are coming from his own sources.

When a debunker tries a lame argument like that, you can pretty much save your time and stop reading that article, since, as Huckleberry Finn would have said, the rest is just more of Tom Sawyer's lies.

It also tells you that, if that's the best he can do, maybe there is something to the story.

So here we have the government possibly caught in an open, and important, lie. How do we know what else it has lied about? How do we know it was even Bin Laden?

Yet the purveyors of "real news," the kind with studios and megawatt transmitters, still find an audience. How much can you get caught lying to these audiences, who read the "real news" New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN, and still have them watching your shows? Not just watching, but believing them.

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