3,516. 4/17/2002

“On April 17 [2002], The Washington Post printed the first, preliminary report suggesting how the U.S. Army had failed to surround the Tora Bora caves [in Afghanistan in December 2001] and that such a move might have prevented bin Laden from escaping. That day, at a press conference, [Secretary of Defense] Donald Rumsfeld disputed that assertion, saying he did not ‘know of any evidence’ that bin Laden ‘was in Tora Bora at the time, or that he left Tora Bora at the time, or even where he is today.’ ”

 – Ron Suskind, The One Percent Doctrine, Pages 96-97

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