Did Wikileaks Force Obama’s Hand In Going After Bin Laden?

Just days before the raid that took down bin Laden, Wikileaks posted documents on its website referring to al Qaeda couriers who were taking the terror leader’s messages to his followers. The documents also referenced the town where bin Laden was found as a possible al Qaeda hideout. Which raises the question, did these documents force the US to act before al Qaeda elements caught wind that the noose was tightening?

Wikileaks may have triggered the killing of Osama Bin Laden, it was suggested last night.

For although the CIA has thought since September that he was in hiding in Abbottabad, special forces stormed his fortress only days after the website published new secret documents.

These made reference to named ‘couriers’ carrying Bin Laden’s message to his followers, and also to Abbottabad as a possible Al Qaeda bolthole.

America has already revealed that it was led to Bin Laden by tracking a man identified as his key courier.

When that courier was found in Abbottabad, the CIA began surveillance that led to the raid.

As a result, last night it was suggested the operation had to be launched before Bin Laden knew the game was up.

This seems unlike. According to Politico, “The SEALs held rehearsals of the raid on April 7 and April 13, with officials monitoring the action from Washington.” The Wikileaks documents weren’t published until just days before the raid.

If the publication of the documents changed the trajectory of the mission at all it was only a shift in timing. Given that the raid was already being rehearsed its execution was likely imminent even before the Wikileaks publication.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • cherz1967

    Rob, it doesn’t matter when wikileakes released the information if the WH knew they were at some point going to. They knew it was comming and were preparing. We’ve known wikileaks was releasing classified info since last year. Why isn’t it possible that they started training for this mission so they could act if or once the documents went public. What I’m saying is, if the documents were’nt made public the coward of a President would not have acted on the intel.

  • Robert

    I don’t believe anything the CIA says ever since seeing this Washington Post article. The assumption here is that CIA officials can openly throw around misinformation campaigns with the idea of actually being permitted to use them. That’s scary.
    http://blog.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2010/05/cia_group_had_wacky_ideas_to_d.html

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/former-cia-officials-admit-to-faking-bin-laden-video.html

    Could the CIA group of “dark skinned actors” have been behind the infamous December 2001 “Fat nosed” Bin Laden video, that was magically found in a house in Jalalabad after anti-Taliban forces moved in?

    The tape featured a fat Osama laughing and joking about how he’d carried out 9/11. The video was also mistranslated in order to manipulate viewer opinion and featured “Bin Laden” praising two of the hijackers, only he got their names wrong. This Osama also used the wrong hand to write with and wore gold rings, a practice totally in opposition to the Muslim faith.

    Despite the fact that the man in the video looks nothing like Bin Laden, the CIA stood by it and declared it to be the official “9/11 confession video”.

    The latest revelations also shed light on another past Bin Laden release – a tape in which he ludicrously declared himself in league with Saddam Hussein in the weeks before the invasion of Iraq.

    The notion that the CIA project was taken over and drastically improved by the Pentagon at some point after 2003 jives with the improvement in quality of Bin Laden videos in later years. Most notably the video that was released immediately ahead of the 2004 election, and it’s digitally manipulated duplicate from 2007, in which Bin Laden appeared to have a dyed beard.

  • sbark

    This luxery compound was built 5 yrs ago, right inside a military training facility……….controled by whom is who we really should be after…….there are bigger brains in AlQeuda than Osama.

    Wiki leaks might be ready to disclose the bigger fish behind Obama…uh I mean Osama, and hence Osama gets thrown under the bus as a sacrifical lamb.

    Its funny the other Bigger fish were not disclosed in a page 9 article while they hype of Osama’s death overshadows it………

  • 2hotel9

    We know where Juliaan Assange is hiding, time roe the SEALs to take a little trip to Europe.

    • mikemc1970

      Use a couple of the service gals as rape bait to lure him out into the open and then poof, he disappears completely.

      • 2hotel9

        I know a CW3 chopper pilot who would gladly put on her clubbing gear and volunteer to draw him out. Dressed for a night on the town she looks 16, and is a CQC instructor on the side, loves Judo, and she would merrily do all 3 phases of the op.

  • http://zlovesti.ru Pressa

    Wikileaks helped the CIA to kill Osama

  • awfulorv

    Sounds plausible that information, if not already available, was soon to be available to OBL and that he would have seen the danger, and scooted away. Therefore Obama HAD to act, though, I’ll bet, he dithered as long as he could. Like Truman and the Atom bombs. Had he known of the bombs, and not used them, and a million casualties were taken by our troops invading Japan, he would have, effectively, kissed off any chance of his re-election. Of course there’s no way Truman, though a Democrat, albeit an entirely different breed, would have done that. He loved this country and wanted the best for it, he also had a lot of common sense, which this Marxist Bozo is devoid of.

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