Moscow: Is the dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden still alive even though the US claims to have killed him in 2011? Moreover, is Osama being protected and pampered by American external spy agency, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)?
These questions arose when Edward Joseph Snowden, a whistleblower who leaked classified information from the US National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, was quoted by a website as saying that Osama was hiding in the Bahamas under CIA’s protection.
WorldNewDailyReport.com said that during an interview which he gave recently to Moscow Tribune, Snowden said that Osama was living in Bahamas and was still on the payroll of CIA.
The report quotes him as saying – “I have documents showing that Bin Laden is still on the CIA’s payroll. He is still receiving more than $100,000 a month, which is being transferred through some front businesses and organisations, directly to his Nassau bank account. I am not certain where he is now, but in 2013; he was living quietly in his villa with five of his wives and many children.
Snowden is at present a fugitive. He fled the US after leaking documents about the NSA’s surveillance programmes. The US government has filed espionage charges against Snowden for revealing classified NSA documents to journalists.The report also said that Snowden previously too made some unreported allegations about Osama Bin Laden.
He went on to say that CIA had orchestrated the fake death of the former leader of al Qaeda. He claims that Osama was transported with his family in an unrevealed location in the Bahamas. The report further quotes him as follows: “Osama bin Laden was one of the CIA’s most efficient operatives for a long time.
What kind of message would it send their other operatives if they were to let the SEALs kill him? They organised his fake death with the collaboration of the Pakistani Secret Services, and he simply abandoned his cover. Since everyone believes he is dead, nobody’s looking for him, so it was pretty easy to disappear. Without the beard and the military jacket, nobody recognizes him.”
Not only this, Snowden categorically states that he will talk about the documents which prove Laden is alive in his book which is likely to be released in September. However, Snowden’s claims have not been substantiated or confirmed by any other source.