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Obama didn't see shooting of bin Laden

Obama didn't see shooting of bin Laden
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 9:41pm

Little by little, CIA Director Leon Panetta is giving details about the operation that killed al-Qaida leader
Osama bin Laden.


He tells PBS that President Barack Obama wasn't getting a direct video feed of the raid on bin Laden's compound and never saw the moment when bin Laden was shot dead.


Panetta says once the teams entered the compound, there was a period of about 20 minutes when those in the Situation Room didn't know what was happening.

The CIA chief called them "some very tense moments."


When asked about the final confrontation with the terrorist leader, Panetta said: "I don't think he had a lot of time to say anything."

He says there was a firefight going on in the compound and "this was all split-second action on the part of the SEALs."


He told The Associated Press he thinks a photograph of bin Laden's body will be released.

The Obama administration hasn't decided whether to release the image, torn between a desire to
prove he's dead and the risk of provoking more anti-U.S. sentiment.

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