|[ French newspapers, citing the French intelligence, claimed that Osama Bin Laden - the world's most wanted terrorist - may be dead after he had succumbed to typhoid fever while hiding in Pakistan. President Jacques Chirac responded to questions from reporters by saying: "This information is in no way confirmed, in no way whatsoever, and I have no comment to make about it." ]
President Jacques Chirac was probably right that you should not trust any reports from the French intelligence, let alone the French newspapers. French intelligence is like American weathermen - wrong 80% of times, and still keep their jobs. This reminds me the recent Fidel Castro scam in the media - the whole world was so wrongly led to believe Fidel was half-dead while he turned out to be half-alive. You should only read trusted sources, folks. One of OUR reliable sources (OK, it's our FN French member Apraxine) reported yesterday: "Unfortunately I have bad news. I live quite near Cannes, whilst walking my dog the other day near Mougins, (Alpes Maritimes) I just happened to bump into Osama, who told me he was interested in buying a house formerly owned by Francois Duvalier, from Haiti. Looking at the bright side, he did complain about having a sore throat."
In the news: Is he or isn't he? Rumors abound that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden may be dead. The United States has been hunting him for years. The French newspaper called L’Est Republicain has reported that the French intelligence agency has indicated that bin Laden is dead. The newspaper reported that he died of typhoid. However, neither American nor French officials could confirm the report. The newspaper went on to say that the original source of the information pertaining to the contention that bin Landen is dead came from Saudi Arabia. The Saudis were said to have supplied the report that bin Laden became ill late in August and then died. In Washington, D.C. news of bin Laden's death was said to be nothing more than an unsubstantiated rumor with no apparent factual underbasis. In a related story, during a Fox News interview former U.S. president Bill Clinton strongly asserted that he did everything in his power to kill bin Laden while he was president. He angrily wagged his finger at Chris Wallace, the Fox New reporter, while responding to a question about whether he -- Clinton -- did enough to stop or kill Osama bin Laden during his presidency.