Thursday, October 2, 2008

Oliver North Rumor Repeated by Pakistan's President

New York Times
2 October 2008

Pakistani Leader Repeats a Long Debunked Hoax


The president of Pakistan apparently believes an Internet hoax alleging that Oliver L. North warned of the dangers posed by Osama bin Laden 20 years ago.

President Asif Ali Zardari, in an interview with the Fox News Channel that was televised on Tuesday, claimed that Mr. North installed a security system for his home in the late 1980s "because he was `scared of Osama bin Laden.' "

That rumor emerged on the Internet shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It has been thoroughly debunked by a number of reliable sources, including the United States Senate's Web site and Mr. North himself. [...]