Subject: audio posted to newsgroups: Clinton Reveals on Secret Audio: I Nixed Bin Laden
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audio posted to newsgroups: Clinton Reveals on Secret Audio: I Nixed Bin
Laden Extradition Offer
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With Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
For the story behind the story... Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002
Clinton Reveals on Secret Audio: I Nixed Bin Laden Extradition Offer
Secret audiotape obtained exclusively by NewsMax.com shows former President
Clinton admitting for the first time anywhere that he had the chance to take
Osama bin Laden into custody, but he nixed the idea because he couldn't come
up with a legal justification for the 9-11 mastermind's extradition.
The tape, recorded at a February business luncheon on New York's Long
Island, proves that the claims of Pakistani-American businessman Mansour
says he brokered the deal for bin Laden's extradition, have been accurate
all along - even as former Clinton officials trashed him as an exaggerator
and even a liar.
Clinton's comments to the Long Island Association were so controversial that
the group refused to release its own video recording to NBC News, after the
network requested a copy on Friday based on NewsMax.com's Wednesday report
on the event.
But NewsMax was there with our own tape rolling, a portion of which we now
make available to our readers.
On the tape you'll hear the ex-president himself responding to a question
about whether he would have handled bin Laden differently knowing now what
he didn't know then.
Clinton explains that he was criticized at the time for being "too obsessed"
with bin Laden and al-Qaeda, then maintains he just barely missed the
terror kingpin when he launched the Aug. 20, 1998, cruise missile attack
on his terror training camp in Khost, Afghanistan.
The mission failed, said the former commander in chief, because the attack
plans were "ratted out."
In the next breath the ex-president defends his simultaneous cruise missile
attack on a Sudanese medicine factory, claiming subsequent testimony from
the trial of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers proves that attack was
Then Clinton makes the devastating admission he has never repeated before
or since - that Sudan was ready to hand over bin Laden to the U.S., but
he said no, even though "we knew he wanted to commit crimes against
For those who can't access NewsMax.com's MP3 Clinton audio file, we've
transcribed the ex-president's bombshell revelation verbatim:
You must credit NewsMax if linking or republishing this article or audio.
"Mr. bin Laden used to live in Sudan. He was expelled from Saudi Arabia in
1991, then he went to Sudan.
"And we'd been hearing that the Sudanese wanted America to start meeting
with them again - they released him.
"At the time, 1996, he had committed no crime against America so I did not
bring him here because we had no basis on which to hold him, though we knew
he wanted to commit crimes against America.
"So I pleaded with the Saudis to take him, 'cause they could have. But they
thought it was a hot potato and they didn't and that's how he wound up in
Afghanistan." (End of excerpt)
Since last December, Ijaz has insisted that he negotiated the deal for bin
Laden's release from Sudan. But he maintained that the White House declined
to take advantage of the offer because of legal technicalities - a detail
now confirmed by the ex-president, as NewsMax's tape proves.
But shortly after his account first appeared in the Los Angeles Times,
former Clinton officials trashed the bin Laden extradition story as an
exaggeration at best - a complete fabrication at worst.
Asked to respond to Ijaz's account in January, ex-NSC aide Nancy Soderberg
told Fox News Channel, "He's living in a fantasy land. There was no such
"He's lying ... he's a crackpot," said Jennifer Palmieri, a former White
House aide who now serves as chief spokeswoman for the Democratic National
Committee, of Ijaz's story in May. "The guy has absolutely no credibility.
You'll see that you never see him on television anymore once he was outed as
being a fraud."
Mainstream reporters, apparently unaware of Clinton's February comments,
have also trashed Ijaz's account.
In May, both New York Times reporter Judith Miller and NBC newswoman Andrea
Mitchell told radioman Don Imus they declined to cover the bin Laden
extradition story because they didn't find it credible.