Bin Laden's death couldn't remain a secret, says wife
By a Staff Writer
LONDON, 9 March
The wife of Osama Bin Laden has been quoted as saying that she has a feeling that Bin Laden is still alive.
“If he had been killed, the whole world would have known it because the death of Bin Laden cannot be kept secret,” she told Al-Majalla magazine, a sister publication of Arab News.
Asked whether he had left Afghanistan, she said:
“He never told me about his plan to leave Afghanistan.
He always talked about his desire to die there.”
On the Sept. 11 attacks, she said that Bin Laden had chosen not to discuss the events with her.
“When I raised that subject once he got angry, and asked me never to discuss such matters with him,” said the woman, who requested that the magazine should not mention her name.
She disclosed that Bin Laden had spoken with her only rarely in recent months.
“He came home very late at night and relaxed for many hours, lying in bed.
He did not like to talk with anybody.
He used to take sleeping pills so he could forget his worries and the pressure of work.”
Mrs Bin Laden said the Al-Qaeda leader had warned her against going out of their house alone.
“If you need anything, send the children to buy it for you,” she quoted him as telling her.
“I used to spend most of the time inside our house,” she added.
In recent months, she said, Bin Laden had come home only once every two or three weeks.
“He used to say: I am very busy and I have some problems,” or “I was in continuous meetings with Mulla Omar and other Taleban leaders.”
Even if he intended to travel to another Afghan province, he did not inform anybody.
Referring to the US allegation that Bin Laden masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks as well as the bombings of two US embassies in Nairobi and Tanzania, his wife said:
“I heard him saying more than once that America is enemy number one, which is trying to create problems in our region.
He also said that America was trying to kill him and finish him off, and that it deserves such attacks and more.
Some youths, with the help of God, succeeded in teaching the US a lesson, he said, and he heaped praise on them.”
Referring to the kidney disease Bin Laden was suffering from, the wife said he used to complain about both his kidneys and stomach pains.
“Once, he told me that he was going to Pakistan for treatment, about two months before the Sept. 11 incident,” she added.
A member of the Bin Laden family had dismissed a New York Times report last October that said Osama had talked with his mother while she was in Syria on her annual vacation.
Osama did not communicate with his mother for the last several years and has not used a telephone since he discovered that his conversations were being electronically monitored by the United States, the family source said.