The Loose Change "documentary" claims at around 1:02:45 into the film that Osama Bin Laden immediately denied involvement in the attacks.

"The U.S. government has consistently blamed me for being behind every [attack]. I would like to assure the world that I did not plan the recent attacks, which seems to have been planned by people for personal reasons. I have been living in the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan and following its leaders' rules. The current leader does not allow me to exercise such operations."

-Osama bin Laden, from a statement issued to Al Jazeera within days of the 9-11 attacks.

Did Osama Bin Laden deny involvement in the 9/11 attacks?

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    Relevant: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – Bobson
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 21:34
  • The source video uses this quote to promote the concept that 9/11 was a false flag conspiracy. It is absolutely relevant that Bin Laden was not consistent after his initial denial and in 2004 took responsibility. I suggest that the question be restored to its original form. Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 17:26
  • The video does not claim consistency and makes different claims about the other of Bin Laden's videos.
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Sep 14, 2014 at 8:15
  • Voting to close since, as I've discussed in comments, I think the question, as it stands, constitutes cherry-picking that reduces it to a non-notable claim. Commented Sep 14, 2014 at 23:20

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Although he initially denied involvement he later claimed responsibility, according to the New York Times reporting on a video released by Bin Laden in 2004:

[Bin Laden] accused Mr. Bush of "misleading" the American people three years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Al Jazeera Web site said, and added that "we decided to destroy towers in America" because "we want to regain the freedom of our nation."

The Associated Press said Mr. bin Laden also went on to say in the videotape: "God knows that it had not occurred to our mind to attack the towers, but after our patience ran out and we saw the injustice and inflexibility of the American-Israeli alliance toward our people in Palestine and Lebanon, this came to my mind."

Bin Laden Takes Responsibility for 9/11 Attacks in New Tape

UPDATE: This answer was posted in response to the original question which asked whether Bin Laden was both immediate and consistent in denying involvement.

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    The first and last paragraphs of that article are relevant to the question (unlike the paragraphs you quoted which don't seem to be relevant). But the article says he didn't confirm his involvement, and doesn't say that he had denied it, doesn't quote or confirm the alleged statement posted in the OP.
    – ChrisW
    Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 1:04
  • To my reading, "we decided to attack the towers" and "...this came to my mind" are clear and direct statements of his involvement. If your point is that he denied involvement initially, that's true, but these quotes show that (one way or the other) he was not "consistent" in what he said. Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 17:08
  • Your answer is that, in 2004, he claimed to be involved. The question is whether he had once in 2001 denied being involved.
    – ChrisW
    Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 17:13
  • Is there evidence that he "initially denied involvement"? Do you have a reference for the "statement (allegedly) issued to Al Jazeera within days of the 9-11 attacks" which is quoted in the OP?
    – ChrisW
    Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 17:16
  • I would suggest that his initial statements are not the notable claim. The notable claim relates to whether his statements, in totality, support or undermine his involvement. Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 17:28

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