Even more details on the OBL photos
May 3rd, 2011
10:59 AM ET

Even more details on the OBL photos

From CNN’s National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin

A Senior US Official tells CNN 10 hard drives, 5 computers and more than 100 storage devices which includes discs, DVDs and thumb drives were taken from the compound.

The senior us official also says the White House received 3 sets of photos yesterday. The photos included:

1. Photos of OBLs body at a hangar after he was brought back to Afghanistan. This is the most recognizable with a clear picture of his face. The picture is gruesome because he has a massive open head wound across both eyes. It’s very bloody and gory.

2. Photos from the burial at sea on the USS Carl Vinson. Photos of OBL before the shroud was put on and then wrapped in the shroud.

3. There are photos of the raid itself that include photos of the two dead brothers, one of OBLs dead son (adult adolescent, maybe approx 18 yrs old) and some of the inside scene of the compound.

The official says the challenge is that the picture that includes the most recognizable image of OBLs face – from the hangar in Afghanistan – is so gruesome and mangled its not appropriate for say the front page of the newspaper. On the other hand, this is the one that is most identifiable as him.


Topics: Osama Bin Laden • The Buzz
May 3rd, 2011
10:50 AM ET

Latest on Osama bin Laden photo

From CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King

A senior government official involved in the discussions about releasing the photo tells CNN  that a photo release "could" come today via the CIA.

A government official familiar with intelligence matters says deliberations are leaning toward release. Says there is "growing consensus" to release the photo but emphasizes "it isn't unanimous and everyone has understandable hesitation"

The senior government official says there are "a lot to choose from .... Most of them very graphic"

Both say the CIA has been tasked with coming up with best possibilities and then the White House will make the call.


Topics: Osama Bin Laden • The Buzz
May 2nd, 2011
07:13 PM ET

Tense moments

These pictures were taken by White House photographer Pete Souza on May 1, 2011, while President Barack Obama and senior staff oversaw the mission against Osama bin Laden.

Obama’s poker face hides Osama mission
May 2nd, 2011
05:21 PM ET

Obama’s poker face hides Osama mission

WASINGTON (CNN) In the days leading up to the attack on Osama bin Laden’s compound, President Obama stuck to his routine and kept a poker face even though he was on the verge of getting his most wanted terrorist.

While he juggled a trip to tornado ravaged Alabama and the Kennedy Space Center, made jokes at the White House Correspondents dinner, and played a half round of golf, the president was holding secret meetings and weighing intelligence before giving the operation a green light.

The decision to “undertake the operation,” came early Friday morning before the president flew to Alabama, according to a White House official.

It happened during a meeting in the Diplomatic Room. The president was joined by his Chief of Staff Bill Daley, his National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and deputy Denis McDonough, and his homeland security adviser John Brennan.

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President George W. Bush on death of Osama bin Laden
Large crowds gathered outside the White House react to news that Osama bin Laden is dead
May 2nd, 2011
12:11 AM ET

President George W. Bush on death of Osama bin Laden

"Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission.  They have our everlasting gratitude.  This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.  The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done. "

May 1st, 2011
11:28 PM ET

BREAKING NEWS: Osama Bin Laden is dead

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A senior U.S.official tells CNN that Osama bin Laden was killed by the U.S. in a mansion outside Islamabadalong with other family members.


Topics: Osama Bin Laden • Pakistan • The News