Saturday, September 23, 2006

Great if true

Breitbart is carrying this:

World leaders reacted cautiously to a French newspaper report that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died, while the French government probed the leak of an intelligence brief cited by the daily.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, when asked before meeting here with Sri Lanka's foreign minister whether she gave the report any credibility, said only: "No comment, and no knowledge."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the report would be welcome if it turns out to be true. "It would be a good news, but it's just speculation," Karzai told Radio-Canada television during a visit in Montreal. "Let's see if it's true or not true."

L'Est Republicain, a French regional newspaper, published Saturday a French foreign intelligence service document, dated September 21, stating that Saudi intelligence officials "are now convinced that Osama bin Laden is dead."

In France, President Jacques Chirac confirmed that the report was based on a confidential French foreign intelligence service (DGSE) briefing and said he would order an investigation of the leak.

But he stressed in remarks to journalists that the information on bin Laden "is in no way confirmed."

We can only hope.

If it does turn out to be true it will be fun watching the Democrats who have been insisting that the most important thing in the universe is capturing Osama bin Laden suddenly decide that nothing has changed.