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Panetta, CIA Chief, says Pakistan did not know about raid

by Jorge Hernandez on May 4, 2011

Leon Panetta, the Chief of the CIA, headed the mission that captured Osama bin Laden and lead to the terrorist leader's death in Pakistan. According to a recent report from TIME magazine, Panetta says that the CIA had considered working with other countries including Pakistan but ultimately ruled that it would have opened an outlet for possible leaks in information.

"It was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardize the mission. They might alert the targets,” said Panetta.

Last Tuesday, Panetta discussed with his aides about the situation in Abbottabad, the city where Osama bin Laden was ultimately found to be hiding. There were several options as to how to invade the compound, one of which was to use cruise missiles to bomb the location. This was deemed too damaging, with "too much collateral," according to Panetta.

President Obama had ordered a special operations team to enter the compound where Osama bin Laden was believed to be staying. However, according to a separate article from TIME, they were not 100 percent sure that bin Laden was there and it was one of President Obama's prerogatives to have the special operations team enter and leave unhurt.

Osama bin Laden's code name was "Geronimo," and as the President of the U.S. waited in the Situation Room with his senior aids, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, they received news of U.S. forces gaining "Visual on Geronimo" and eventually, word that Osama bin Laden had been killed.

It was a risky bid as officials put the likelihood of finding Osama bin Laden in the compound to be between 50 and 80 percent, according to TIME magazine.

Osama bin Laden was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil, almost a decade ago. He has been hunted by U.S. forces ever since and news of his death sent waves of celebration across the United States. However, some believe that further attacks on the U.S. may now be inspired by those who see bin Laden as a martyr. President Obama warned in an address to the nation for the American people to stay vigilant.

 

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