Report: Before bin Laden raid, vaccine ruse tried to get DNA

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July 12, 2011
New York Times    
Posted in News, PND News

"In the months before Osama bin Laden was killed, the Central Intelligence Agency ran a phony vaccination program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in an attempt to obtain DNA evidence from members of bin Laden’s family thought to be holed up in a compound there, according to a US official. The vaccination program was set up as the CIA was struggling to learn whether bin Laden was hiding in the compound and adds a new twist to the months of spy games that preceded the nighttime raid in early May that killed the Al Qaeda chief." [editor's note: DOH! Sounds a lot like that "exploding cigar" gambit with Castro a few decades ago - SAT] (07/12/11)  

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