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May 23, 2012

Pakistani doctor who helped U.S. find Osama bin Laden jailed, fined

  • 33 years in prison for running a fake vaccination program in an attempt to find Osama bin Laden using DNA
  • $3,500 fine for his actions, which led to the U.S. finding and killing the al-Qaeda leader a year ago source

» And no, the U.S. isn’t happy: Previously, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she hoped to see Shakil Afridi freed, as his work helped capture a pretty bad dude. Instead, Afridi is heading to jail, a move which will likely strain relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, who are currently locked in a diplomatic battle over Afghan War supply routes. (EDIT: We apologize for the inital error in the title. Total accident. Sorry guys.)

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10:18 // 2 years ago
October 27, 2011

Leon Panetta’s expensive New Year’s toast, thanks to Osama bin Laden

The oldest bottle in his friend’s restaurant? an 1870 Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Years ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made a bet with a restaurateur around his CIA-led mission to find Osama Bin Laden: If Panetta’s team caught Bin Laden, Ted Balestreri would open up a bottle of wine that predates the first automobile. Now that time’s come. With Bin Laden dead, Balestreri will uncork that 141-year-old bottle around New Year’s Eve. Did we mention the bottle costs between $10,000 and $15,000? Careful to walk a line, though, one of Panetta’s spokespeople notes that this gesture isn’t meant to celebrate Bin Laden’s death. “Secretary Panetta has had New Year’s Eve gatherings with toasts with friends for years and this year there will be a special toast,” noted Douglas Wilson, the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. source

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22:51 // 2 years ago
May 4, 2011

motherjones:

An American celebrates the death of Bin Laden.

With a John Deere, a big flag, and a handgun.

For the YouTube description of this video, he wrote: “Why? Because I can. That’s why.”

We could spend like an hour coming up with a joke to make this video better, but what’s the point? It’s clearly perfect as-is.

1:02 // 3 years ago
May 3, 2011
frontpages:
40 minutes of fighting, and then two fatal shots
Osama bin Laden: Dead, but how did he hide so long?

Today in The Guardian asking the right question with their front page.

frontpages:

  1. 40 minutes of fighting, and then two fatal shots
  2. Osama bin Laden: Dead, but how did he hide so long?

Today in The Guardian asking the right question with their front page.

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