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9/23/06-Paris, France

Skepticism Mounts Over Report Of Osama Bin Laden's Death

Officials from several countries are skeptical of a French newspaper report that raises the possibility that Osama bin Laden may have died of typhoid last month in Pakistan. 

A regional newspaper has printed what it describes as a copy of a confidential document from the French D-G-S-E intelligence service. It cites an uncorroborated report from a "usually reliable source" that says Saudi secret services are convinced the al-Qaida leader has died.

French President Jacques Chirac says that the information is "in no way whatsoever confirmed.  "A senior official in Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry says he is "very skeptical of the truthfulness" of the document. 

Meanwhile, a Foreign Ministry spokesman in Pakistan says the information is "speculative," and that Pakistan, like other countries, is "clueless about him."

A Saudi Interior Ministry official refused comment on the report, while a C-I-A duty officer said he could not confirm it.  Two American intelligence sources say there's no evidence to suggest bin Laden is dead, or dying.

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