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Hannity lies about Sudan “Offering Bin Laden” To Clinton Again!

Reported by Ellen - May 3, 2006

Moments after he complained about “over the top” attacks on President Bush by Democrats last night (5/2/06), Sean Hannity reprised his baseless, discredited attacks on Bill Clinton for “turning down” an offer from Sudan of “bin Laden on a silver platter.” In a teaser preceding the interview, FOX News displayed the disrespectful banner, “Bubba and Bin Laden.”

The Bin Laden claim and the complaints about attacks on Bush came during an interview with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Hannity said, “I want to go back to the issue of Sudan offering bin Laden on a silver platter. Bill Clinton, himself, acknowledged this.” In fact, Clinton said no such thing and Hannity knows it – or he damn well ought to.

As Media Matters reports, Sudan offered to extradite Bin Laden to Saudi Arabia, an offer which was turned down by the Saudis because he was a political hot potato.

Any misconceptions of Hannity’s were corrected by Lanny Davis during a 6/22/04 broadcast of Hannity & Colmes. Davis told Hannity, “That’s a lie… (Clinton) never refused, never refused to take Osama bin Laden.” Also ignored by Hannity was Clinton’s 6/20/04 statement on 60 Minutes, “There was a story which is factually inaccurate that the Sudanese offered bin Laden to us. ... As far as I know, there is not a shred of evidence of that."

And if by some chance Hannity “forgot,” he was reminded again by Albright. “(Clinton) was not (offered Bin Laden by Sudan). And I think going over that record, if you look at the people that were saying that, they were many people that were lobbying for Sudan.”

Hannity cited as proof interviews he conducted with Monsoor Ijaz, who was negotiating with the United States on behalf of the Sudanese. But Hannity neglected to mention that the 9/11 Commission reported (page 3), “We have not found any reliable evidence to support the Sudanese claim.” As Media Matters notes, “Hannity, therefore, endorsed the claims of former officials of Sudan -- a country that the U.S. Department of State has designated as a state sponsor of terrorism every year since 1993 -- rather than the testimony of Clinton administration officials and the findings of the 9-11 Commission.”

Albright said “Believe me, if we had been offered Osama bin Laden, then that offer would have been taken up. And I think what’s been very hard is kind of a misstatement of a lot of facts on that.”

The likelihood is that Hannity will repeat those misstatements again.

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