White House dismisses Hersh’s article on death of bin Laden as full of ‘outright falsehoods’

The White House is dismissing as untrue an article alleging that President Barack Obama misled the public about how the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden.

WASHINGTON — The White House is dismissing as untrue an article alleging that President Barack Obama misled the public about how the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden.

Spokesman Josh Earnest says journalist Seymour Hersh’s piece in the London Review of Books is “riddled with inaccuracies and outright falsehoods.”

Earnest noted former CIA deputy director Michael Morell’s reaction to the article — that he stopped reading because every sentence was wrong.

Hersh attributes his information to a retired general of the Pakistani intelligence service and several unidentified sources in the U.S. and Pakistan. He says bin Laden was secretly kept as a prisoner by the Pakistanis and that they helped the U.S. stage the raid on his compound.

The Obama administration says the Pakistanis didn’t know about the raid in advance.

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