Rumors that former NSA contracter, Edward Snowden, has claimed former Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is actually alive and living in the Bahamas are spreading across the Internet.
The rumors link back to several online reports that claim Snowden is in possession of classified documents proving the reports and also asserts the CIA is funding Osama and his lavish lifestyle.
According to the reports, Snowden allegedly has documents that prove Osama Bin Laden is on the CIA’s payroll and currently living a life of luxury in the Bahamas.
“I have documents showing that Bin Laden is still on the CIA’s payroll,” the new reports says Snowden claimed.
“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 the reports, Snowden has claimed that the CIA faked the death of Osama Bin Laden and after reporting him dead, the man himself and his family were moved to a secret location in the Bahamas.
“Osama Bin Laden was one of the CIA’s most efficient operatives for a long time,” the new reports says Snowden claimed.
Whilst it was reported by creditable source including Independent and The Guardian that leaked Snowden files have included information about Bin Laden, including the claim that the Pentagon ran DNA tests on his body after he was killed by Navy Seals, there has been no claim by Snowden that Bin Laden is alive or living in the Bahamas.
Of course, if Snowden had made such controversial statements, the story would have garnered plenty of press attention from the entire world media.
Given that the reports failed to provide a sources or an explanation as to how they managed to get their information that allegedly derived from Snowden, it is clear that this story should not be taken seriously and is apparently a hoax.
Since Osama Bin Laden’s death, several rumors surfaced that the CIA organized his fake death with the collaboration of the Pakistani Secret services, and he simply abandoned his cover.
Some online users speculated that since everyone believes he is dead, nobody’s looking for him, so it was pretty easy to disappear and without the beard and the military jacket, nobody recognizes him.
Edward Snowden is a former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, who now lives in Russia after fleeing the United States via Hong Kong in May 2013, having revealed extensive internet and phone surveillance by US intelligence.
He has been the subject of many hoaxes, including one in which the leaker claimed that the popular Christmas toy Elf on the Shelf was actually a “massively successful espionage project run by the National Security Agency.”