Nicholas Schmidle Defends Sourcing In Bin Laden New Yorker Story

Author Of Blockbuster Bin Laden Article Defends Story

"From the cover flap ('Nicholas Schmidle talks to the people who planned the mission to find out exactly what happened that night in Abbottabad') to the language inside, at no point did we mislead the reader into thinking that I had, in fact, interviewed SEALs directly," Schmidle told me via email. "It would be unusual, in an article about a highly classified subject, for the reporter to list who he did NOT speak to." (New Yorker Editor David Remnick has made a similar argument.)

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