US Government Denies Bin Laden "I am Dead" Videotape is a Fake - September 23rd 2006
The CIA has denied claims that the evidence for the recently leaked memo suggesting that Osama Bin Laden originated from a videotape, supposedly of the Al-Qaeda leader claiming he was dead.
The videotape, believed to have originated on YouTube, apparently appeared to show Bin Laden talking with a detachable jaw, set against cartoon depiction of a cave mumbling in a child-like voice to a catchy hip-hop beat. Whilst sceptics have said this indicates that the evidence is most likely fraudulent the CIA has stated they believe Bin Laden is merely doing homage to his favourite TV show, South Park.
Following the release of the memo, the video quickly became YouTube's highest-ranking video of the week, and was played back across news networks across the world. The soundtrack even fared well in a few popular music charts.
Given the ease that news reporters were able to obtain the same, supposedly 'highly-classified' video, people have begun to question the methods of investigation used by the American Intelligence agencies:
"This is crazy," Keith Wilson, an investigative reporter declared, "Has the entire CIA intelligence hunt boiled down to randomly looking up sites with StumbleUpon?"
Political analysts are unsure why the memo was being kept under wraps to begin with; with President Bush's approval rate in a seemingly unending decline news that the Al-Qaeda leader had finally been killed would have provided Bush with a much needed popularity boost.
"I don't know what the White House is playing out," Political commentator Chuck Hankman mused, "Every day we are reminded how dangerous the world is and how much our lives are under threat, we have laws passed to help deal with this situation inevitably making everyone super-depressed. You'd think that it would be in the Government's interests to reveal something that would start to reverse that trend."
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