This statement was just released from Richardson’s office:
“I am very concerned about reports I have heard of fictional events inserted into ABC’s upcoming “Path to 9/11” film. As a former senior member of the Clinton Administration, I know first hand of the efforts that were made to capture and eliminate Osama bin Laden. This includes the trip I made as United Nations Ambassador in April 1998 to Kabul, Afghanistan. During this trip – the first by a U.S. cabinet official to Afghanistan since 1974 – I met with high ranking officials of the ruling Taliban regime and directly requested that bin Laden be expelled or extradited. The Taliban refused, but I know this sort of muscular diplomacy got bin Laden’s attention since he threatened to kill me.
This was only one of many, many efforts made by the Clinton Administration to combat terror at home and abroad.
On the fifth anniversary of the worst attack our nation has ever experienced, we shouldn’t be pointing political fingers; we should be recommitting ourselves to the sort of strong, bipartisan diplomatic efforts that have served our country well in the past.”
See my original post on the subject here.