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White House: We did not lie about Osama bin Laden killing

In his report, journalist Seymour Hersh says much of what the world were told about the killing is false.

Osama bin Laden.

CAPE TOWN - The White House has refuted claims made in a comprehensive report by Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh.

Hersh claims the Obama administration lied about details related to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

In his roughly 10,000 word report, Hersh said much of what the world were told about how it happened, is false.

He said top Pakistani officials knew the Navy Seals were coming which contradicts the White House version that said the Pakistanis were kept in the dark.

Hersh also said since 2006, bin Laden was kept under Pakistani house arrest in Abbotabad while being financially maintained by Saudi Arabia.

Hersh said Pakistani intelligence officials allowed the US to conduct its so-called 'raid' on the compound after the US found out about Bin Laden's whereabouts.

It is claimed that the US got the information through a source in Pakistani intelligence who was paid around $25 million for the information.

But, despite contradictions found in the initial report, the White House slammed the report and called it "baseless."

Click here to read the full report.

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