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CIA 'uncertain it had authority to kill bin Laden'

The Central Intelligence Agency did not believe it had the authority to assassinate Osama bin Laden, in spite of direct orders from former President Bill Clinton, the commission investigating the September 11 attacks said on Wednesday. For the second day in a row, the commission focused heavily on what it believes was a series of missed opportunities for the US to kill the al-Qaeda leader and degrade the group’s sanctuaries in Afghanistan long before September 11 2001. Samuel Berger, Mr Clinton’s national security adviser, told the commission that the CIA had been authorised by the president after the al-Qaeda bombing of US embassies in east Africa in 1998 to eliminate its leader by whatever means possible. Full Story

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