Osama Dead? Reports Conflicting on Terror Leader

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PARIS -- President Jacques Chirac says a report that Osama bin Laden may be dead is "in no way whatsoever confirmed."

A French newspaper has printed what it says is a copy of a confidential document from the French foreign intelligence service DGSE. It cites an uncorroborated report from Saudi secret services that the leader of the al-Qaida terror network died of typhoid last month in Pakistan.

A CIA duty officer in Washington also could not confirm the report.

Chirac says he was "a bit surprised" at the leak and has asked his defense minister to see how a document from a French foreign intelligence service was published in the French press.

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