The bin Laden Raid: Best Written Backstory (So Far), Courtesy of AP

Ever since the news broke last night, self has been wondering what the crucial tip-off was, that led to the Seals finding bin Laden’s residence.  The answer comes in this article by Associated Press, posted several hours ago on the Yahoo!  News site.

It seems that, years ago (shortly after 9/11, in fact), U.S. intelligence had already concluded that “bin Laden’s vulnerability was his couriers.”  According to the article:

He was too smart to let al-Qaida foot soldiers, or even his senior commanders, know his hideout.  But if he wanted to get his messages out, somebody had to carry them, someone bin Laden trusted with his life.

Detainees in the CIA’s “secret prison network” told interrogators about an important courier who went by the name Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti (What?  America has a “secret prison network”?  You mean, aside from Gitmo?  Oh, right, Read the rest of this entry »

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