White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the Obama administration is ''not particularly concerned'' about a new report that disputes their story surrounding the killing of Osama bin Laden. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The White House responded on Monday (April 11) to a new report that alleges the U.S. government lied about the consequences surrounding the 2011 killing of Osama Bin Laden, declaring it "riddled with lies and outright falsehoods". "The Obama White House is not the only one to observe that," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters, noting that the former deputy director of the CIA, Mike Morell, and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen were among those who had slammed the report. Published in the London Review of Books over the weekend, journalist Seymour Hersh wrote that the U.S. government collaborated with Pakistani officials to carry out the raid on the al Qaeda leader, among other assertions. President Barack Obama has always maintained that the Pakistanis weren't informed in advance of the mission. "What's true in the story isn't new, and what's new in the story isn't true," Earnest said, quoting CNN's Bergen. "I thought that that was a pretty good way of describing why no one here is particularly concerned about it." Hersh won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for his reporting on the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, and has covered several conflicts throughout his career, including in Iraq and Syria. He has frequently come under scrutiny over his use of anonymous sources in his reporting.