DOCUMENTS REVEAL: BIN LADEN WANTED TO KILL U.S. LEADERS

Fox News reported on March 16, 2012, that U.S. officials are reviewing documents that suggest Usama bin Laden before his death urged his Al Qaeda network to attack the aircraft of President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus, Fox News has confirmed. Excerpts below:

The directive was first disclosed in a report last summer, after a CIA-led Navy SEALs team took down bin Laden at his Pakistan compound. The Washington Post, though, reported new details of that alleged plan Friday after viewing the documents.

According to the report, bin Laden wanted Obama killed so that an “unprepared” Vice President Biden would take over.

The directive was cited as a sign that bin Laden remained determined to strike America long after the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks — but officials also downplayed the actual threat posed by the order.

A senior U.S. official told Fox News that bin Laden “clearly had bold ambitions to kill as many innocent people as possible” but Al Qaeda’s capabilities did not match the leader’s intent.

“Leading up to and since (bin Laden’s) death we know that (Al Qaeda’s) capacity to pull off those types of complex attacks has been greatly diminished, and that Bin Laden himself spent much of his time brooding and providing guidance that often fell on deaf ears,” the official said.

The official said that government analysts have spent “countless hours” reviewing documents taken from the compound last May, and that the government is working to declassify “as much of that information as possible.” The documents still are not expected to be made public for months.

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