Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 05:37:43 AM EST
This started as a diary about a story I read in
Sky News reporting a story in a French newspaper about Bin Laden's alleged death:
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died of typhoid in Pakistan, according to reports in a regional French newspaper.
The paper quoted one of the country's secret service reports, saying that Saudi Arabia is convinced that Bin Laden died a month ago.
According to people in the USA, it's been reported as a rumour on C-SPAN, and now CBS news has reported that "Bin Laden is likely dead". CNN also had a story reporting that Chirac, Putin and Merkel were to be questioned about this rumour during their press conference, but I haven't read anything about their responses yet.
Now, this may explain Bush and Musharraf's cryptic comments yesterday during a joint conference when Bush asked Musharra: "shall we tell them?"
and may also explain why Pakistan decided to make an agreement with Al Qaeda. Karl Rove is said to have promised an October surprise as well.