Media promotes far-fetched ‘bin Laden in Iran’ report

According to a new documentary, Osama bin Laden has been living in Iran’s capital of Tehran with his family since 2003, enjoying the protection of the Revolutionary Guard and regularly taking part in the elite sport of falcon hunting.

This seemingly bizarre charge by by falconry expert Alan Parrot appears in the film Feathered Cocaine, which depicts “the secretive world of falconers where some birds can sell for over $1 million, and in which the elite of the Middle East conduct business and politics in remote desert camps.”

Parrot, who claims to have traveled to Iran after he graduated from high school in the 1970’s and become chief falconer to the Shah, says that a northern Iranian warlord, who reluctantly agreed to talk about bin Laden after one of Parrot’s men saved his life, spoke of meeting the al Qaeda leader on six hunting trips between 2003 and 2008 and described him as calm and healthy.

As unlikely as Parrot’s story might appear, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos actually raised the question with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad during an interview on Tuesday, inaccurately asserting that Parrot himself had met bin Laden on several occasions.

“There’s a new documentary out that says that Osama Bin Laden is living in Tehran,” Stephanopoulos began. “And the subject of the documentary, a man named Alan Parrot, one of the world’s foremost falconers living in Iran, says he’s spoken to Osama bin Laden several times sin… >>>

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