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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 10:22 AM

The Last Days of Osama Bin Laden -TIME (NYTimes nearly blew it!)

"The Last Days of Osama Bin Laden" TIME Cover Story (May 7 2012) by Graham Allison and Peter Bergen

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2113156,00.html

Must read forthcoming TIME cover story of the lead-up to finding and taking out bin Laden. Allison's reporting is a particularly compelling narrative of President Obama's agonizing decision process and the desperate means to keep the plans secret to insure success.

This passage was eyeopening, regarding the timing of the release of the WikiLeaks documents. That COULD have ruined the chances of getting bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad a year ago:

"Less than a week before D-Day, on April 25, WikiLeaks' Guantanamo files appeared on the front page of the NewYork Times, citing thousands of pages of classified material it had put up on the Web. One of the documents came from the interrigation of the individuals from whom the CIA had learned the identity of bin Laden's courier and pointed to Abbottabad as a likely refuge for al-Qaeda.
(snip)
"Had bin Laden's protectors read the Times closely, and thus inferred that the U.S. had learned the identity of the courier, the house could have been empty when the Seals arrived"

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Reply The Last Days of Osama Bin Laden -TIME (NYTimes nearly blew it!) (Original post)
FailureToCommunicate Apr 2012 OP
lamp_shade Apr 2012 #1
grantcart Apr 2012 #2
FailureToCommunicate Apr 2012 #3
FailureToCommunicate Apr 2012 #9
Luminous Animal Apr 2012 #4
FailureToCommunicate Apr 2012 #5
Luminous Animal Apr 2012 #6
FailureToCommunicate Apr 2012 #7
Luminous Animal Apr 2012 #8
FailureToCommunicate Apr 2012 #10

Response to FailureToCommunicate (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:30 AM

1. Thanks. Bookmarked.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:33 AM

2. too bad you have to have a subscription to read it.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:58 AM

3. Alas, yes, it's early, not on the newsstands yet...


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Response to grantcart (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:08 PM

9. Okay, it has hit the newsstands. (seems like a quaint concept nowadays)

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:18 PM

4. The article says the New York Times published the material.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:04 PM

5. Right. The NYTimes published the WikiLeaks material (last year) and

TIME has a current cover story about the hunt for OBL by the Obama Administration last year.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:16 PM

6. Wikileaks made the material available to the NY Times

and the NY Times published it. After the NY Times published the material, Wikileaks published.

Does Time magazine post a link to the source material that the NY Times published?

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:44 PM

7. I take your point

and have edited the OP to more accurately convey who did what.

And I don't know if the online article includes a link to the WikiLeaks material - I highly doubt it would.

thanks

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 03:38 PM

8. Thank you!

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