Hillary kept Bill in dark over ‘Osama operation’

Ex-US Prez was told "Hillary`s at the White House and can`t talk to you."

Last Updated: May 14, 2011, 14:19 PM IST

Washington: Former US President Bill Clinton has claimed that he was kept in the dark by his wife, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, about the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound in Pakistan.

Hillary said that he was not aware of the months of planning related to bin Laden’s search, and that he was shocked like any other American when he heard the news of the al Qaeda leader being killed by US Navy SEALs.

"When Hillary got on the Armed Services Committee, which is right after she became a senator, I made up my mind that as long as she was there -- and then she became secretary of state -- I would never take a security briefing unless asked to do so by the President for a specific reason," the New York Post quoted Clinton, as saying.

"And you will be proud that I, like all Americans, knew nothing about the bin Laden operation, which had been debated in the administration in a tiny number of hands for months, until the President called and told me," he added.
He also said that he tried calling Hillary twice on the day of the ‘big operation’, but was told ``She`s at the White House and can`t talk to you’.