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As early as March, 2000, 'Asia Week,' published in Hong Kong, expressed concern for bin Laden's health, describing a serious medical problem that could put his life in danger because of "a kidney infection that is propagating itself to the liver and requires specialized treatment According to authorized sources, bin Laden had mobile dialysis equipment shipped to his hideout in Kandahar in the first part of 2000”
CIA agent alleged to have met Bin Laden in July
The CIA chief was seen in the lift, on his way to see Bin Laden, and later, it is alleged, boasted to friends about his contact. He was recalled to Washington soon afterwards.
Intelligence sources say that another CIA agent was also present;
Osama debunks a myth
“A French newspaper has claimed that you have a kidney problem and have secretly gone to Dubai for treatment last year . Is that correct?” Bin Laden responded: “My kidneys are all right. I did not go to Dubai last year
Wrath of God
The man the U.S. calls Public Enemy Number One appeared to be in good health, though he admitted to a sore throat and a bad back. He continually sipped water from a cup, and Yusufzai caught him on videotape walking with the aid of a stick “
Health & Medical History of Osama bin Laden
A journalist who visited bin Laden's camp in the 1990s reported camp members saying that bin Laden had a kidney problem requiring him to drink large amounts of water. The journalist witnessed bin Laden constantly sipping water and green tea in the time they spent together
At first, Gen. Pervez Musharraf seemed to strongly endorse the notion, in January 2002. “I think now, frankly, he is dead for the reason he is a patient, he is a kidney patient,” he told CNN. Gen. Musharraf added, “Pakistan knew bin Laden took two dialysis machines into Afghanistan.
One was specifically for his own personal use.” Over the next few years, bin Laden would appear alive and well in a string of audio and video tapes. In December 2004, when Gen. Musharraf again sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, he all but reversed himself.
Osama debunks a myth
bin Laden “was walking. He was healthy.” Aziz was emphatic: “I did not see any evidence of kidney disease
“When I hear these reports, I laugh. I did not see any evidence.”
1) Regarding the American Hospital in Dubai, I don't think it's actually an american hospital - as I understand it, it's a hospital offering medical care up to Western standards with doctors training in the West, or the equivalent thereof.
2) As to the CIA - your incredulity here is a perfect example of the plausible deniability that would actually allow them to have visited him just as discussed...I mean seriously - NO ONE would believe that, would they? And they might indeed have various incentives to visit, given his argued roles as asset, patsy, and what all else might have been thrown out there.
3) Some various references to his health are from early 1999, etc. - the article mentioning the hospital stay says he ordered the equipment and was in the hospital afterward, in 2000.
4) The different sources (some of them, at least) afterward advising of no issues should, in my opinion, be to some degree also held as suspect as the GlobalResearch artcle. Also, given the fact that we've got more-or-less verified fradulent Osamas appearing in various videos years after 9/11, I would say we also have to consider it likely that false bin Ladens may have been interviewed by even the valid sources.
5) Even the Health & Medical History link you posted has a section on the kidney issues, with reference to doctors analyzing his phots and considering his appearance to possibly be related to diabetes and kidney trouble.
So...it's entirely possible that there's nothing to the claim, but it looks like it still remains possible that there IS in fact actually something to it, as well.
Well that is interesting. If he was supposed to be on dialysis, one would expect the equipment to be there, especially since we have been told that he never left that compound.
Originally posted by OtherSideOfTheCoin
reply to post by butcherguy
Nope none nothing to suggest he had kidney failure, they found some herbal stuff for impotence though
Delivery of the fresh dialysis solution would have made tracking down bin Laden a much easier task.