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The Detail In Seymour Hersh's Bin Laden Story That Rings True

FILE - This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. A new book due out Tuesday, Oct. 16, 201
FILE - This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. A new book due out Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 says President Barack Obama hoped to put Bin Laden on trial if he had surrendered during a U.S. raid. Author Mark Bowden quotes the president as saying he thought he could make a strong political argument for giving bin Laden the full rights of a criminal defendant, to show U.S. justice applies even to him. In "The Finish," Bowden writes, however, that Obama said he expected the terror leader to go down fighting. (AP Photo)

From the moment it was announced to the public, the tale of how Osama bin Laden met his death in a Pakistani hill town in May 2011 has been a changeable feast. In the immediate aftermath of the Navy SEAL team’s assault on his Abbottabad compound, American and Pakistani government accounts contradicted themselves and each other.

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