Transcript: Osama Bin Laden, socialist icon; Update: Partial Osama video added; Update: Osama hiding in Chitral, Pakistan?

Too sweet to bury at the end of the earlier post. This is from pages 3 and 4 of NBC’s transcript. Enjoy — but not too much — and stand by for updates.


Update: The full video allegedly runs 25 minutes but here’s what’s floating around right now.

Update: Read the full transcript and you’ll see that Bin Laden refers at one point to media coverage of a U.S. soldier named “Joshua” complaining about his tour of duty. Newsbusters thinks that came from an ABC report.

Update: Verrrry interesting.

As Osama bin Laden urges Americans to convert to Islam in a new video released Friday, the al Qaeda leader’s location remains a mystery.

But informed sources tell CBS News U.S. intelligence believes Osama bin Laden is hiding out in the Chitral district of northern Pakistan. A number of reports from human sources, including some alleged sightings, have put him there, reports CBS News national security correspondent David Martin.

None of the reports has been independently confirmed, but there are enough of them to persuade intelligence analysts that it’s his most likely location.

Chitral is a remote, rugged area governed by tribes that will not allow even the Pakistani army to operate there.

“They have a code of hospitality for guests, and they’ve probably also gotten a fair amount of money from bin Laden,” says Daniel Benjamin of the Brookings Institute, who tracked bin Laden during the Clinton administration…

Last year, a U.S. missile strike narrowly missed Zawahiri after the CIA tracked him to a meeting of senior al Qaeda operatives south of Chitral. Al Qaeda seems willing to risk Zawahiri in order to protect bin Laden.

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