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Does Omar Bin Laden’s Tell-All Reveal the Contents of Sandy Berger’s Pants?

Osama's son is releasing a memoir telling of a failed Clinton attempt on his father's life.

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Annie Jacobsen

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September 18, 2009 - 12:02 am
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Over the summer, after learning that a U.S. drone missile strike in Pakistan may have killed Osama bin Laden’s son Sa’ad, I asked: “Was Sa’ad Bin Laden Managing Al-Qaeda from Iran?” The column began:

When Osama bin Laden was banished from Sudan in 1996, he left the country in a rented Soviet jet — an aged and antique Tupolev flown by a Russian pilot he did not trust. With him were a few bodyguards, his military commander Saif al-Adel, and two sons named Sa’ad and Omar, both young men in their late teens.

The article continues on with the story focusing on son Sa’ad. But now it is Omar, the other of the two sons escaping Sudan with the world’s most wanted terrorist, who is making news.

In case you are unfamiliar with Omar bin Laden, he’s the 26-year-old bin Laden with the Milli Vanilli dreadlocks, the leather biker jackets, and the British wife who is 25 years his senior. (The two met on a horse-riding holiday in Egypt and fell madly in love). Last year, the two of them did the talk show circuit, telling Omar’s terrorist father to “find another way.”

Now, Omar has written a book with his mother, the Syrian-born first wife and cousin of Osama bin Laden (her name is Najwa bin Laden). Their book is called Growing Up bin Laden: Osama’s Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World and is certain to ruffle the feathers of the former Clinton administration. It also may explain what Sandy Berger was trying to steal from the National Archives in October 2003 by stuffing classified documents down his pants.

Recall, if you will, security guards spotting former President Clinton’s national security advisor huddled in a corner, shoving documents in his clothes. Berger managed to take the sensitive items with him that first time, but when Berger returned National Archives officials were prepared. They’d set up their own sting operation by coding papers to later determine if any more had disappeared. When it was discovered more of Berger’s documents had gone missing, the archivists filed a complaint with the Department of Justice.

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