No proof, but certainly not hard to believe during this election year. If it is so, there is no way it will be kept under wraps long enough to give GW the "push" he needs come November. I hope he wouldn't be that underhanded in the first place. Even I, non-fan of Bush that I am, want to believe he would not use such a sleazy tactic for re-election.
U.S. denies Iran's claim bin Laden held
TEHRAN, Iran, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department Saturday denied an Iranian news report that Osama bin Laden has been captured, the Daily Telegraph said.
Iran's government news agency quoted the state Pashtun radio service to the effect that bin Laden had been captured and was the real reason for U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's Thursday trip to Pakistan.
"The capture of the al-Qaida leader has been made sometime before, but the U.S. President George W. Bush is intending to announce it when the American presidential election is held," the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
The Iranian agency attributed the report to a "very reliable source."
Asheq Hossein, the director of Iran's Pashtun radio service, identified one of the sources as Shamim Shahed of the Pakistani newspaper, The Nation. But Shahed denied being a source for the story.
Hossein said the second, unidentified, source was "a man with close links to intelligence services and Afghan tribal leaders."
The Iranian correspondent responsible for the report said the al-Qaida leader had been seized "a long time ago."
The Saudi-born terrorist is accused of masterminding the Sept.
11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States.