7,601. 8/15/2010

“In August 2010, the courier [for bin Laden] unknowingly led authorities to a compound in the northeast Pakistani town of Abbottabad, where [senior al Qaeda member Abu Faraj] al-Libi had once lived. The walls surrounding the property were as high as 18 feet and topped with barbed wire. Intelligence officials had known about the house for years, but they always suspected that bin Laden would be surrounded by heavily armed security guards. Nobody patrolled the compound in Abbottabad. In fact, nobody came or went. And no telephone or Internet lines ran from the compound. The CIA soon believed that bin Laden was hiding in plain sight, in a hideout especially built to go unnoticed. But since bin Laden never traveled and nobody could get onto the compound without passing through two security gates, there was no way to be sure.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, “Phone Call by Kuwaiti Courier Led to Bin Laden,” Associated Press, May 2, 2011

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