A detailed account of the raid that lead to the death of Osama Bin Laden has been published by the New Yorker. The article written by Nicholas Schmidle gives reads as if it written with the aid of first hand information. Many people have questions the source of the information. In the article Mr Schmidle describes the team of Navy SEALS, their age, their gear, and their events that took place as if he himself was in the situation room with President Obama and Secretary Clinton watching the events unfold on an LCD screen. Clearly he is either fabricating the accounts of the death of Osama Bin Laden or he was leaked information by an insider at the State Department, the White House, or the Department of Defense.
To help determine the possible source of his information it would help to learn a little more of the background of Mr Schmidle. There is an article written by a C. Christine Fair, The Schmidle Muddle of the Osama Bin Laden Take Down, that states that Mr. Schmidle spent some time in Pakistan for a fellowship. Using search for Nicholas Schmidle on Google News between July 2010 and July 2011 results in two articles written by Mr. Schmidle for the New York Times and several articles about his possible deportation from Pakistan. One of the articles is about Bosnia and the other about counterfeit shoes.
But the question still remains, how did Mr. Schmidle come to obtain such detailed information about a classified mission in a foreign country? Mr. Schmidle answers this question himself in an interview on PBS Newshour. In the interview, Mr. Schmidle said that “in the course of the past two months I’ve been able to find a number of people with intimate knowledge of the the raid.” He went on to state that he built a sequence of events piece by piece was confirmed from multiple sources but he has asserted that he had not spoken with any of the SEALs themselves.
So a freelancer with questionable journalistic background who previously wrote a few travel related articles was able to get access to multiple sources on a top secret covert mission. Know, I believe in the moon landing, I believe that we dumped Osama’s body in the ocean, but no sensible person will believe that this story was not leaked to him with the approval of a high ranking official in the government. In fact, I don’t just believe he was leaked this information, I believe a great many parts were feed to him already written. There are many elements in the article that read as it if it was written by the Department of Defense Press Office.