Questions Raised About New Yorker's Gripping Bin Laden Article


The August 8 issue of the New Yorker contains a riveting account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The 8,500-word story, "Getting Bin Laden," was written by freelancer Nicholas Schmidle, who gives a gripping play-by-play of the May 1st operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, carried out by the Navy SEALs' Team Six and culminating in the killing of the al Qaeda leader.

Perhaps too gripping. Schmidle's sourcing for the story is now coming under fire from several critics, who claim that he and the New Yorker failed to disclose a major fact about the report: Schmidle never spoke with the SEALs directly.

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