May 4th, 2011
09:15 AM ET

Administration's initial misstatements raise questions

Washington (CNN) - Within 24 hours of Osama bin Laden's death in a U.S. assault on his compound in Pakistan, administration and government officials - both cloaked in anonymity and on the record - provided misleading if not erroneous information about what happened in the al Qaeda leader's final moments.

Bin Laden was shielded during the shooting by women, including his wife, they said. He was an active participant in an ongoing firefight, they insisted, implying bin Laden was armed and therefore gave U.S. Navy SEALs little choice but to shoot him down.

Hours later, a senior administration official began to revise that narrative to some White House reporters. Further revisions came Tuesday when White House Press Secretary Jay Carney gave a step-by-step description of the raid provided by the Defense Department that made clear bin Laden was unarmed and had no human shields.

Was it the fog of war, a bid to head off questions about killing bin Laden or perhaps a final propaganda salvo against the face of terrorism to Americans?


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  1. nasar

    I don't think this proves anythig the point is ubl is dead and thats all that matters

    May 5, 2011 at 12:11 am |
  2. Dave McCracken

    President Obama is 100% right not to release the Bin Laden corpse pictures. What with the U.N. killing women and grandchildren in Libya, the U.S. must rise above that. If the President of the United States says Bin Laden is dead, then he is dead. The President doesn't have to prove anything. I saw the beheading of Daniel Pearl on the internet, and it haunts me to this day. the U.S. should NEVER go there, no matter what. President Obama made the right decision.

    Now if the President would only get behind Marriage Equality, where he belongs, he may get my vote in 2012. Thank you.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  3. wayne gresty

    Is he really DIED this the £100000 question people in the UK R asking as they took some1 with them me I feel he's in a black hole and when they finish with him that's when photos will come.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  4. Tim Gibson

    Proves how much our own administration will bend the truth and flat out lie to not only the American people but the world.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm |