WASHINGTON — CIA Director Leon Panetta says that if the US captures top al-Qaida leaders Osama Bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri, they would likely be sent to the Guantanamo Bay military prison.
Panetta discussed the hypothetical capture of two of America's most wanted terrorists in response to a question from a senator during a congressional hearing. Panetta said — if captured — the men would be quickly moved to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan to be questioned and eventually sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Attorney General Eric Holder has said he does not expect the al-Qaida leader to be taken alive.
The US has been trying to capture bin Laden and Zawahiri for 10 years. Intelligence officials believe they are hiding in Northwest Pakistan.