This past week, the CIA released 470,000 files recovered from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. Now, the disturbing reason that this has taken so long has been revealed.
Freedom Daily reported that less than 24 hours before Barack Obama left office in January, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a press release which was aimed to put to rest the controversy over the large amount of documents gathered during the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
“Today marks the end of a two-and-a-half-year effort to declassify several hundred documents recovered in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound in May 2011,” Clapper said in the release, which was accompanied by 49 documents captured during the raid, bringing the total number of documents made public to a whopping 571 official documents.
However, the strange thing about this was that in the immediate days after the May 2 Abbottabad raid, Obama’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon, had gone on to describe the intelligence haul brought back from Pakistan by the US Navy SEALs who carried out the mission and from CIA operatives in attendance as being large enough to fill a “small college library.”
“As a result of the raid, we’ve acquired the single largest collection of senior terrorist materials ever,” said a senior military intelligence official who briefed reporters at the Pentagon on May 7, 2011.
571 documents is more of a small binder, NOT a “small college library.”
“Why would ODNI think it could get away with such an aggressive lie?” wrote The Weekly Standard editor Stephen Hayes. “… In this context, ODNI’s bet wasn’t a crazy one. No one outside of a small group of terrorism researchers and intelligence professionals had paid much attention to the fate of the bin Laden documents. The likelihood that these ODNI claims would get much scrutiny in the middle of the frenzy that accompanies a presidential transition was low.”
The newly-released documents show a much closer relationship between al Qaeda and Iran than had been heretofore assumed. Hayes pointed out that in his first term,” Obama centered on how George W. Bush had allegedly ruined the war on terror but the second term was focused on making a deal with the Iranian government.
“In a manner of speaking, Barack Obama wanted what al Qaeda already had: a mutually beneficial partnership with Tehran. Revealing to the American people the truth about Osama bin Laden’s cozy working relationship with the Iranian government might have fatally undermined that diplomatic quest, just as the ongoing vitality of al Qaeda, amply testified to in the bin Laden documents, would have contradicted Obama’s proud claims in 2012 that al Qaeda was “on the run.” So Obama, with the eager cooperation of some in the intelligence community, bottled up the bin Laden documents and ran out the clock,” Hayes wrote.
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