After Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, leaked classified documents about government surveillance programs in 2013, he was charged with a number of crimes – each which have a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Because the computer expert believed he was right to reveal extensive phone surveillance by U.S. intelligence, he fled his home country.
Now living in Russia, where he was offered asylum for one year, he revealed another controversial bit of information.
According to the Moscow Tribune, Snowden believes that Osama Bin Laden – the famous terrorist and former leader of Al Qaeda – is alive and receiving benefits from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
“I have documents showing that Bin Laden is still on the CIA’s payroll,” claims Edward Snowden.
“He is still receiving more than $100,000 a month, which are being transferred through some front businesses and organizations, directly to his Nassau bank account.
I am not certain where he is now, but in 2013, he was living quietly in his villa with five of his wives and many children.”
According to Mr. Snowden, the government organization faked Bin Laden’s death then transported the terrorist and his family to an undisclosed location in the Bahamas.
“Osama Bin Laden was one of the CIA’s most efficient operatives for a long time,” claims the famous whistleblower. “What kind of message would it send their other operatives if they were to let the SEALs kill him? They organized his fake death with the collaboration of the Pakistani Secret services, and he simply abandoned his cover. Since everyone believes he is dead, nobody’s looking for him, so it was pretty easy to disappear. Without the beard and the military jacket, nobody recognizes him.”
NaijaPicks (the original source) relays that the documents proving this controversial claim are included in his book, which was published in September 2015.
Though Snowden claims he leaked the documents to help the American people, he remains a fugitive in the United States. Even though nearly 168,000 people signed a petition for him to be pardoned, the White House rejected the effort on July 28, 2015.
When Snowden was in Hong Kong, several journalists were granted the opportunity to interview him in his secret hideout. After being asked why he left his home country, he told The Guardian:
“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things… I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded.”
Note: The original source of this information has not been validated nor confirmed by any other source.