July 31st, 2014
06:56 PM ET
3 months ago

Bill Clinton: ‘I nearly got’ Osama bin Laden

Washington (CNN) - Bill Clinton, just hours before planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, reportedly told an audience in Australia that he almost killed Osama bin Laden during his presidency.

Speaking to a group of businessmen in Australia on September 10, 2001, according to audio aired by SkyNews Australia on Wednesday, Clinton said that he "nearly got" the al Qaeda leader but didn't go through with a missile attack because of the collateral damage that would have come from it.

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Filed under: Australia • Bill Clinton • Osama bin Laden
October 27th, 2012
10:12 AM ET
2 years ago

TV filmmakers defend 'Seal Team Six,' take incoming

(CNN) - The filmmakers who made a TV movie about the successful raid that killed Osama bin Laden, which is scheduled to air on the National Geographic Channel just two days before Election Day, rejected suggestions that the timing of the release is political.

"This film is about history, not politics," said movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, in a statement to CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
Osama bin Laden movie to air weekend before election
October 4th, 2012
10:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Osama bin Laden movie to air weekend before election

(CNN) – Two days before Election Day on November 6, a movie detailing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will air on the National Geographic Channel, the cable network announced Thursday.

The film is being distributed by the Weinstein Company, owned by a Harvey Weinstein, a major backer of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
September 7th, 2012
07:04 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Obama, Romney and Osama bin Laden

(CNN) - It may have been Barack Obama's most dramatic moment as president so far, and it certainly didn't go unmentioned as he accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term Thursday night.

Speaker after speaker reminded the audience in the convention hall and beyond that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden - the mastermind of 9/11, public enemy No. 1 for a decade - had been gunned down by American commandos in Pakistan 16 months ago.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
August 29th, 2012
07:05 AM ET
2 years ago

E-mails show White House support for bin Laden movie

(CNN) – Newly released e-mails show the Obama administration was eager to help the makers of an upcoming documentary on the dramatic raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden - and the e-mails are likely to once again raise questions about whether the filmmakers had special access.

The records from the CIA and Defense Department were made public Tuesday by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • President Obama • White House
Navy SEAL to release book on bin Laden raid, publishing company says
August 22nd, 2012
05:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Navy SEAL to release book on bin Laden raid, publishing company says

(CNN) - A book company said Wednesday that it will release on September 11 a firsthand account of the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Christine Ball, director of marketing and publicity for Dutton, a subsidiary of Penguin Group USA, said the book was written by a Navy SEAL under a pen name.

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Filed under: 2012 • 9/11 • Osama bin Laden
August 16th, 2012
08:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Former special forces officers slam Obama over leaks on bin Laden killing

(CNN) - A web video featuring former special forces officers accuses President Barack Obama of taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and allowing classified information about the raid to become public.

The ad also includes former Navy SEALs.

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Filed under: 2012 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
Romney: Obama is 'politicizing' bin Laden death
May 1st, 2012
05:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Obama is 'politicizing' bin Laden death

New York (CNN) – While standing outside Engine Company 24, which lost 11 firefighters on September 11, Mitt Romney reiterated Tuesday he would also have ordered the mission to kill Osama bin Laden but criticized President Barack Obama for politicizing his role on its one-year anniversary.

"This is a person who had done terrible harm to America and who represented a continuing threat to civilized people throughout the world, and had I been president of the United States, I would have made the same decision the president made which was to remove him," Romney said.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
Romney calls OBL politics 'disappointing'
May 1st, 2012
09:15 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney calls OBL politics 'disappointing'

(CNN) – On the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Mitt Romney called the apparent politicization of the event "disappointing."

"I acknowledge the president's success and think he has every right to take credit for him having ordered that attack," Romney said Tuesday on CBS "This Morning." "At the same time, I think it was very disappointing for the president to try and make this a political item by suggesting that I wouldn't have ordered such a raid."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Osama bin Laden
April 30th, 2012
04:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: 'Even Jimmy Carter' would have ordered bin Laden attack

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Monday appeared to call out Mitt Romney over what he said about going after Osama bin Laden on the campaign trail four years ago, as opposed to on the eve of the first anniversary of the raid that killed the terrorist leader.

Asked about Romney's comments earlier in the day that the decision to go after bin Laden was a clear one and that "even Jimmy Carter would" have made the call, Obama referred to a difference between what Romney said during his 2008 presidential campaign and on the eve of the first anniversary of the attack.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Osama bin Laden
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