White House rejects Seymour Hersh report
WASHINGTON– The White House is aggressively disputing a report that alleges that President Barack Obama lied about details related to the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying through a spokesman “There are too many inaccuracies and baseless assertions in this piece to fact check each one.”
“As we said at the time, knowledge of this operation was confined to a very small circle of senior U.S. officials,” said White House national security spokesman Ned Price in a statement Monday. “The President decided early on not to inform any other government, including the Pakistani Government, which was not notified until after the raid had occurred.
We had been and continue to be partners with Pakistan in our joint effort to destroy al-Qa’ida, but this was a U.S. operation through and through.” Journalist Seymour Hersh outlined the allegations in a 10,000 word report for the London Review of Books.