Report claims Obama lied about Osama bin Laden raid

White House, Journalists Pan Hersh's New Bin Laden Theory
White House, Journalists Pan Hersh's New Bin Laden Theory

An investigative report published this weekend accuses President Barack Obama of lying to Americans about how Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh claims Obama's narrative of what went down on May 2 four years ago as well as the events leading up to it were false.

The White House dismissed the report Monday morning, calling the claims "baseless."

"There are too many inaccuracies and baseless assertions in this piece to fact check each one," White House National Security spokesman Ned Price said in a statement to reporters, according to CNN.

Spokesman Josh Earnest reiterated those comments, saying the piece is "riddled with inaccuracies and outright falsehoods," according to The Associated Press.

In his report, Hersh cites an anonymous intelligence official who he claims was "knowledgeable about the initial intelligence about bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad." He also gathered his information from sources inside Pakistan, two consultants to Special Ops Command and Navy SEALs.

Hersh alleges that Pakistan had been holding the terrorist leader prisoner in the compound since 2006 and that the White House was told about his whereabouts by a Pakistani intelligence officer hoping to score the $25 million bounty, which casting doubt on the claim that the U.S. learned the information by interrogating an al-Qaeda follower.

The explosive report also claims there was no dramatic SEAL team firefight involved in bin Laden's killing when they made their move to capture him. The only shots fired were those that killed bin Laden, whom Hersh described as a "feeble, unarmed man."

Hersh further alleges in the report that after he was killed, bin Laden was not buried at sea, but in Afghanistan.

You can check out the rest of Hersh's report at the London Review of Books.