In January, prominent neo-conservative Michael Ledeen (Karl Rove’s point man on foreign policy), writing for the National Review, reported that Osama Bin Laden had died last December:
And, according to Iranians I trust, Osama bin Laden finally departed this world in mid-December. The al Qaeda leader died of kidney failure and was buried in Iran, where he had spent most of his time since the destruction of al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Bin Laden Tape [Michael Ledeen]
Obviously, if that was really bin Laden, I was misinformed””and I in turn misinformed readers by passing it on””when I reported being told that bin Laden died in Iran in mid-December. I’ve gone back to my sources, who are serious people who have been accurate in the past, and I should hear back in a few days.
Well, nearly two weeks have past and we haven’t heard anything else from Ledeen about the subject. (His original article remains on National Review, without correction or comment.)
The moral: never believe neo-conservatives with “trustworthy” and “serious” sources who tell them what they want to hear.