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    Only the US military and intelligence communities will ever be able to validate investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s claim that US President Barack Obama lied about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, because those involved will never disclose information, experts told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Thomas Zimmer — On Sunday, Hersh reported that Obama and the US government lied to Americans and to the world about the details surrounding the raid on bin Laden’s Pakistani compound and his subsequent death in 2011.

    “No [US] General is going to give up that information readily, due to the consequences of their involvement,” University of Miami Communication Professor Dr. Thomas Steinfatt said on Monday.

    “Hersh must realize that he has compromised the position of the generals who gave us that information,” Steinfatt concluded. “Freedom of the press is important, but judgment about when to use it is equally important.”

    Poll

    Does it matter to you if Obama's account of Bin Laden's death turned out to be bogus?
    • Yes, I think it's an unforgivable lie that undermines Obama's credibility
      35.8% (379)
    • What matters is that the most dangerous terrorist was destroyed
      9.2% (98)
    • No, I have no trust in Obama anyway
      55.0% (583)
    Voted: 1
    Boston University Professor of Mass Communications and Public Relations Tobe Berkovitz told Sputnik on Monday that the only people who would know the truth about the raid on bin Laden’s compound are US Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, Land) and the operational control center.

    Berkovitz explained that Hersh has forty years of experience in investigative journalism and most of his stories haven’t been wrong versus Obama who is looking to protect his story of “overseeing the killing of bin Laden.”

    “That was a showcase piece in the re-election of the president showing he’s tough on terrorism and hunted down the worst terrorist in the world,” Berkovitz said.

    Berkovitz said that while the Pakistanis could have been part of the bin Laden raid, he doesn’t think the United States would trust them with high level information.

    "I would not be quick to doubt Hersh, but, listen, he can get played just like others,” Berkovitz concluded. “My inclination would lean towards Hersh more than Obama and the military intelligence service.”

    On Monday, the White House said that Hersh’s piece was inaccurate and baseless.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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