Did the US kill Osama bin Laden’s clone?

The Nation, a nationalist Pakistani newspaper that often re-publishes Taliban press releases on Coalition casualties verbatim, published a report claiming that the US actually killed Osama bin Laden’s “clone” during the May 2 raid in Abbottabad:

The US operation that allegedly killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan has actually led to the death of a clone of the Al-Qaeda leader, working under CIA operative Raymond Davis, an American editor says.

“The real bin Laden died years ago after receiving treatment in American hospitals for his various illnesses,” said Gordon Duff, senior editor of Ohio-based Veterans Today, in an interview with Press TV’s US Desk.

“His [bin Laden] body was frozen and kept in storage for a date when it would be of advantage to the United States to use it for maximum advantage,” Duff wrote in an article titled ‘Was Raymond Davis CIA’s Bin Laden Handler?’

According to the US intelligence community, bin Laden’s body was recovered in 2001 by American Special Forces in Afghanistan, Duff says. “The CIA maintained a safe house at Abbottabad [where it] kept agents right next to the compound that ‘bin Laden’ was allegedly [killed] at,” Duff said.

Duff went on to say that the CIA facility next door to the alleged bin Laden’s compound was filled with armed agents possibly protecting the phony bin Laden.

Sadly, The Nation doesn’t explain why the US waited until May 2, 2011 to whack the clone and roll out Osama’s corpse. At the least, you’d have thought there were ample opportunities for past and present US administrations to pull off an October surprise. Without a wider narrative, you can be sure that other conspiracy theories will now fill the void left by The Nation.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • Charu says:

    It is unlikely that “Gordon Duff” even exists. The Pakistanis are notorious for creating fictional reports penned by foreign-sounding journalist. The Pakistani blog site Cafe Pyala even did an expose on several of these ISI-sponsored fictitious “news magazines”. Keystone Kops with a lethal edge to their bumbling!

  • Vienna,20-05-2011
    I have read the joke in the Pakistani media before.
    This apart the Pakistani forces are angry they
    are denied rewards for their “non actionable”
    information. On the contrary even their official expense account bills are almost 45 percent
    -Kulamarva Balakrishna

  • Render says:

    Gordon Duff is real and his wrongly named Veterans Today does exist. He’s a 9/11 truther and long admitted Jew hater.
    Now why would he be giving interviews to Iranian PressTV? They couldn’t get David Duke back on for comment again?

  • jayc says:

    Peggy Brandt: I’m with the Nation. Can you tell me what happened here?
    Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: No, and you can quote me.
    Peggy Brandt: Well, it looks like some sort of Mob tactic.
    Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: There it is, boys, she broke the case…
    – Peter Riegert in the movie the Mask
    Sorry gents, I took a little poetic license on the name of the newspaper. Kinda like how I feel about any Pak newspaper.

  • madjack says:

    Unfortunately Gordon Duff does in fact exist. He has written several similarly inane conspiracy theory articles. Most cogent people will disregard his ravings, but since we’re talking about Pakistan I’m sure it’s now gospel.

  • Skeptic says:

    If all sorts of theories flow, there is reason. The whole operation is shrouded in mystery. The news coming out in the first week were contradictory. And the burial without showing the dead body to anyone creates suspicion. The reason given that it will excite Al Quaeda is just a lame one. The father of terrorism living in a building with a large family in the middle of town which abounds in military personnel and CIA personnel staying just across the road and both the fugitive and watchers live without being noticed by the master spooks ISI. Is it possible? From the Wiki Leaks it has come out of the clandestine understandings between Pakistan authorities and US authorities which was entirely different what has been given out to the public. So this 2nd May also could have been one like that and we will have to wait for Wiki Leaks or others to come out with the truth. Bin Laden could not have lived in safe house for six years or so without ISI smelling it. That is for certain.

  • Neo says:

    Welcome to the fringe. Politics for the clinically paranoid.
    Que Rod Serling intro

  • JT says:

    While cloning is possible, the sci fi associated with it (e.g., movies, etc.) conveniently ignores the time it takes for the clone to develop, be “born,” and most time-consuming, to grow up.


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