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The French spooks think Osama Bin Laden is dead.

Not a lot to add to that headline, but Le Monde is running with the story reported in L'Est Republicain. Anyway, the claim is that the paper has seen a confidential memo from the DGSE (check out the hideous logo) which claims the Saudis think OBL has died of typhus but are waiting for confirmation before announcing the good news.

Le Monde's source at the DGSE would not comment. Anyway, if L'Est Republicain is right chalk up one for the regional press. Mind you, OBL has already died more often than Sinatra had comebacks.
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Anonymous Verity said... 2:29 pm

Or Judy Garland had farewell world tours.

But I've thought Osama was dead for quite some time. I don't know what the spooks in the CIA thought (they forgot to call me to let me know), but I thought he copped it in Tora Bora.

Although the Americans have now won the right to monitor phone calls, so maybe not.

I found this terribly funny:
http://www.newsday.com/media/flash/2006-06/23671673.swf  



Blogger istanbultory said... 3:13 pm

I reckon OBL has a bit more mileage in him yet. The Direction Generale des Services Exterieurs is unconfirmed, and probably unfounded. The CIA seem to be downplaying this particular report.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:34 pm

V - yup, quite droll.

As to OBL, I'll believe it when I see some evidence, and doubtless the 'Arab Street' will never believe it. My preferred option is for him to get caught, cry like a little girl on camera and ask if he can convert to another (any other) religion. That would be a very good result.  



Anonymous Verity said... 3:51 pm

I want him dead already or tried in Texas which has a robust death penalty law. I don't want him captured by a euroweenie government, including ours.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:00 pm

I'm not mad keen on the death penalty, but if he got sent to The Chair, I wouldn't be protesting outside the US Embassy.

Mind you, it is lethal injection in Texas, isn't it?  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:05 pm

Apparently the CIA are now calling OBL- Elvis, and will have about as much luck bringing him as well.( that is if he is not being protected by the CIA/Carlyle Group/Bin Laden & Bush families, who have a vested interest in him not showing up before a Court)  



Anonymous Verity said... 5:12 pm

This is from Verity.

Yes, Texas was the first state to execute them by lethal injection. It's the most humane way, but the result is, they're still dead. They are talking about televising it, which would be a good thing.

Why are we being asked for a "user name" when all the comments are anonymous?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:16 pm

Verity - I'll see what I can do about the user name thing. Sorry for any inconvenience.  



Anonymous Verity said... 6:44 pm

But although it's lethal injection in Texas, I think I favor the method they use in Utah: the firing squad. More dramatic, noisier, and I'll bet it hurts, if only for a second.

On the other hand, the Texas method is quite cold-blooded. They give them a first injection "to relax" them. I mean, hello? They're lying strapped down on a guerney to be executed and the state of Texas wants them to relax?

Verity  



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