WASHINGTON - The real breakthrough that led to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden came from a mysterious CIA detainee, Hassan Ghul, according to a Reuters special report published on Thursday.
Based on interviews with two dozen current and former senior intelligence, White House and State Department officials, the special report explores the policies and actions of the United States in its 13-year hunt for bin Laden.
According to the report, it was Ghul who after years of tantalizing hints from other detainees finally provided the information that prompted the CIA to focus intensely on finding Abu Ahmed al Kuwaiti, pseudonym for the courier who would lead them to bin Laden.
Two US officials told Reuters the US government believes Ghul was released by Pakistani authorities in 2007 and has once again become a frontline militant.
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