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'Israel Tried To Kill Bin Laden In '96' - MI6, CIA Protected Him
Israel's Mossad spy service and a
foreign counterpart enlisted a confidante of Osama bin Laden to kill the
al Qaeda leader in 1996 but the plan fell apart over a
political dispute, a newspaper said on Thursday.
Mossad picked up bin Laden's trail while helping U.S. and Egyptian agents probe an attempt by Islamist militants on the life of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak as he visited Ethiopia, Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonoth said citing security sources.
According to the report, Mossad recruited a woman close to bin Laden with the help of the intelligence service in her country. Neither the woman's name nor nationality were given.
Whatever the validity of this story, it has the impact of making the reader think that major intelligence agencies were vigorously pusuing bin Laden in the mid-1990's, when the opposite is true.
Former MI5 agent David Shayler and French intelligence experts confirmed that in 1996, British MI6 paid Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda more than $200,000 to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi.
In addition, attempts by Libya to arrest bin Laden after the botched assassination attempt were actively blocked by MI6.
From 1992 to 1999, the US government supported Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda cells in the Balkans during the Bosnian and Serbian wars.
The mainstream media is swift to recycle ten year old stories, but only if they back up the party line that Osama has always been an enemy of the USA, Britain and Israel.
Anything to the contrary is ignored and disappears down the memory hole.
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