The Saudi's are the ultimate source of this news and we all know that they are in the pockets of the Bush family. So I wouldn't be surprised if they are releasing this information to force bin Laden to make another tape proving he is alive. And maybe the Bush admin/Republicans are banking that American's seeing another tape of bin Laden alive would affect the mid-term elections as the bin Laden tape before the 2004 elections did.
PARIS, France (CNN) -- Osama bin Laden has a water-borne illness, a Saudi intelligence source told CNN on Saturday, a report that conflicts with an article in a French newspaper saying that the al Qaeda leader is dead.
The Saudi intelligence source told CNN's Nic Robertson that there have been credible reports for the past several weeks that bin Laden is ill, but there has been no word of his death.Laid Sammari, the journalist who wrote the article, told CNN in a telephone interview he was confident of the authenticity of the confidential document cited in his report.
He said the only thing the Saudis were trying to confirm was the burial place of the al Qaeda leader, before making an official announcementFrom Time:
"This is not a rumor," says the source. "He is very ill. He got a water-related sickness and it could be terminal. There are a lot of serious facts about things that have actually happened. There is a lot to it. But we don't have any concrete information to say that he is dead."
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