Report: US used safe house in bin Laden mission

May 6, 2011 05:23


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WASHINGTON - The CIA kept a safe house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to conduct surveillance for months on the compound where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed, The Washington Post, citing US officials, reported on Thursday.

The safe house was a base of operations for intelligence gathering that used Pakistani informants and other sources to compile a "pattern of life" portrait of the occupants and daily activities at the compound where bin Laden was found, officials told the Post.

The surveillance effort was so extensive after the compound was discovered last August that the CIA sought authority from Congress to reallocate tens of millions of dollars within various agency budgets to fund it, the newspaper reported.

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