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Pushback

White House denies fabricating Osama bin Laden raid tale

The White House on Monday pushed back against a report claiming the government invented huge portions of its story about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, calling the story "patently false."

"There are too many inaccuracies and baseless assertions in this piece to fact check each one," Ned Price, a White House national security spokesman, said in a statement.

On Sunday, renowned journalist Seymour Hersh published an exhaustive story in the London Review of Books alleging Pakistan knew of bin Laden's whereabouts for years and orchestrated the raid in conjunction with the U.S. Other reporters have since thrown cold water on some of the story's details, though, noting that Hersh's version of events relies heavily on a single anonymous source.