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US Navy SEAL had photo of Osama bin Laden's corpse: report

Published Jan 20, 2016 09:19am


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WASHINGTON: A former United States (US) Navy SEAL kept an unauthorised photo of Osama bin Laden's corpse on a computer that he turned over to investigators, US-based news website The Intercept reported Tuesday.

The discovery came after Matthew Bissonnette, who shot Osama in the infamous 2011 raid on the Al Qaeda leader's compound in Pakistan, gave investigators a copy of his hard drive.

He had been under investigation for allegedly revealing classified information in his book about the incident, "No Easy Day".

Bissonnette gave investigators his hard drive as part of a deal to avoid prosecution over the material, two people familiar with the deal told The Intercept.

On it, they found the photo and documents detailing Bissonnette's work as a consultant while also serving with SEAL Team 6, the Intercept reported.

The US government has never released images of Osama's body and says the Al Qaeda leader was buried at sea shortly after the raid.

President Barack Obama has cited national security risks and said the US should not brandish "trophies" of its victory.

Robert Luskin, an attorney for Bissonnette, told The Intercept his client had previously been under investigation, but the Department of Justice closed that probe in August.

Luskin said he brokered a deal in 2014 for Bissonnette to give the US government some of his millions of dollars in book profits. He did not comment on the purported photo, or whether an investigation remained open.

Aside from the image, some of the records found on Bissonnette's computer were not part of the non-prosecution deal, so led to a widening probe being conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, The Intercept reported.

Investigators have started looking into Bissonnette's business deals, and whether he inappropriately used his SEAL connections to help in ventures with military equipment-supply firms, The Intercept wrote.

Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011 when SEALs stormed his hideaway in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Comments (22) Closed

Vap Jan 20, 2016 09:31am

Lies to cover more lies. Let the world see visuals if there is a truth in that Op.

AXH Jan 20, 2016 09:48am

This is the hallmark of a capitalist society where you try to capitalize on everything possible.

Maverik Jan 20, 2016 09:51am

Proof still pending of OBLs death. USA's word is just not good enough after Iraq's WMDs debacle.

Battleaxe Jan 20, 2016 10:24am

It's finally a hunt for the Hunter , nothing about nation or honour .

naps Jan 20, 2016 10:24am

Making a fool of themselves.

RA Jan 20, 2016 01:19pm

@AXH then in that case all societies are capitalist.

Old Ravian Jan 20, 2016 02:31pm

Another eyewash............

silenthunter Jan 20, 2016 02:47pm

Let me have a laugh....... American still believe that the world believe their story ... OBL was dead long ago like mullah Omar , there is no reality that OBL was killed in abbotabad . So USA should stop this fairy tales

Muhammed Ali UK Jan 20, 2016 03:20pm

Osama is in US custody, he was too valuable a person to just be killed.

irfan Jan 20, 2016 03:44pm

Never trust Americans .

excalibur Jan 20, 2016 04:05pm

another foolish attempt to validate that OBL was killed in Pakistan when the truth is that he had died many years before that

M. Siddique Jan 20, 2016 04:24pm

@Maverik, If you don't believe OBL is dead then go interview him and tell us his views on this news. Some people will never accept facts.

M. Siddique Jan 20, 2016 04:27pm

I am not surprised at people's denial of OBL's death. During my recent visit to Pakistan I noticed people still live in Lala-land and hardly have an idea what is happening to Pakistan. They brush aside every event/attack/comment as a foreign conspiracy. I was shocked at people who won't take responsibility for anything going wrong in the country.

Sandeep Jan 20, 2016 04:46pm

Surprising people here don't believe OBL was killed in Pakistan. Why the govt. demolished the house where he was living, that should have been investigated. Truth is not going to change if you close your eyes on it.

Kamal Pasha Jan 20, 2016 04:52pm

On every illegal acts, American intelligence authorities always coverup the truth. Don't know why.

Kamal Pasha Jan 20, 2016 05:22pm

Osama was killed in the first attack on Mount Tora Bora by US first strike on Talibans govetnment of Afghanistan. Nobody has seen him after that strikes. U.S. kept him alive throug propagandas to complete their mission.

Yousuf Jan 20, 2016 06:42pm

Really?? When will America give OBL most helpful person award since because of OBL, America has grip in Afghanistan and other regions around world.

Multinational Bhabi Jan 20, 2016 07:11pm

Question: How do you bury someone at sea? It was rather thrown into see - wasn't it?

M.Saeed Jan 20, 2016 08:22pm

What was the urgency in burying Osama at sea in such a great hurry?

KJ Jan 20, 2016 09:47pm

@M. Siddique :"During my recent visit to Pakistan I noticed people still live in Lala-land and hardly have an idea what is happening to Pakistan. They brush aside every event/attack/comment as a foreign conspiracy. I was shocked at people who won't take responsibility for anything going wrong in the country."

Why is that so, M. Siddique? Are people in denial because of some guilt, or have they been brain washed, and if so, by whom?

jaggy Jan 21, 2016 04:00am

The photo should be shown, especially to pakistani's who refuse to believe US forces killed Bin laden, in Pakistan.

Thoughtful Jan 21, 2016 05:35am

Most of the comments written here are by ignorant people living in a fantasy world. Get out of your cave and learn the reality.