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Clinton: 'I could have killed bin Laden'

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Clinton: 'I could have killed bin Laden'

By Rebecca Lewis. CREATED Aug 1, 2014

There's new audio surfacing from former President Bill Clinton, and it's surprising. In a just-released recording, Clinton is heard saying that he could have killed Osama bin Laden.

This is the first time we are hearing the recordings. Clinton is said to have made those remarks just hours before the first plane hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

"And I'm just saying that, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden, he is a very smart guy. I've spent a lot of time thinking about him, and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him. And I could have gotten him. I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn't do it'," said Clinton.

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO HERE

The 9/11 Commission Report, which was released in 2004, prompted critics to accuse Clinton of not doing enough to take down bin Laden. Since then, numerous reports have acknowledged the Clinton Administration considered a December 1998 strike on bin Laden, but scrapped the plan over possible collateral damage.

The never-before-heard audio of Clinton defending his decision to let bin Laden continue planning his terrorists plots was made public by Sky News host Paul Murray. The tape has been in the possession of former Australian Liberal party President Michael Kroger.

 

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Rebecca Lewis is currently an Interactive Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.