What Lead to bin Laden’s Death?

The Times of India is reporting that a few “slender leads” lead to suspicions that Osama bin Laden was hiding in that mansion not far from Islamabad. Apparently the residence was in a compound, surrounded by walls “12 feet to 18 feet” high that were topped with barbed wire. The building was “massive” and had no telephone or internet connection. Maybe the biggest tip, though, was that they burned their garbage rather than throwing it out.

After the odd turn of events where they said they dumped his body in the sea right after identifying it, I feel a little strange about the whole thing. I don’t think I’ll ever be more than slightly suspicious because the right information is just not available. All I can say is that the truth may err from what is being said, and there’s no way to know how much, but it seems very odd.

I found a fairly detailed early account of the operation. It seems they ran into some major problems but acted intelligently and came out of it pretty well, obviously.

“The helicopter raid was riskier. It was more daring,” an official told POLITICO. “But he wanted proof. He didn’t want to just leave a pile of rubble.”

Uri Friedman asks how involved Pakistan was in bin Laden’s death, as Pakistan continues to send mixed signals about its involvement.

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