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From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI Boss Thinks bin Laden is Dead
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 18:31:36 EDT
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 22:31:36 GMT
FBI Boss Thinks bin Laden is Dead
(EXCERPT) Wed Jul 17, 5:23 PM ET, by CHRISTOPHER NEWTON, Associated
FBI ( news - web sites) counterterrorism chief Dale Watson said
Wednesday that he believes Osama bin Laden ( news - web sites) is dead
— the first time a senior U.S. law enforcement official publicly has
given an opinion on the al-Qaida leader's status.
Watson quickly emphasized that he had no evidence that the suspected
mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks was dead. But his comments, at a
conference of local law enforcement officials from across the country,
suggest the FBI has no direct intelligence that proves bin Laden is
"Is (bin Laden) alive or is he dead?" Watson said. "I am not really
sure of the answer... I personally think he is probably not with us
anymore but I have no evidence to support that."
Watson also said bin Laden's al-Qaida network of terrorist training
camps has been dismantled, but "there is no question in my mind... we
will be attacked again."
The terrorist "fleas" infesting the country "want to kill you," Watson
said. "They could be in your neighborhood."
He said the government is committed to sharing information with the
public when the FBI has specific information of a terrorist threat.
Watson, who rarely makes public appearances, is the top official for
counterterrorism and counterintelligence in the FBI. He did not
elaborate on his comments on...
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