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).
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.”
“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.”