Gates was unsure of bin Laden raid intelligence

May 16, 2011 03:14


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WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he did not have full confidence in the underlying intelligence when US Navy SEALs were conducting the raid on al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

"I was very concerned, frankly," he said in an interview on "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday on CBS.

"I had real reservations about the intelligence. My worry was the level of uncertainty about whether bin Laden was even in the compound," he said.

"There wasn't any direct evidence that he was there. It was all circumstantial. But it was the best -- information that we had -- since probably 2001," Gates said.

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