Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The man who hunted Osama bin Laden

The man who hunted Osama bin Laden

Washington: After the slain Navy SEAL Osama bin Laden, the White House released a photograph of President Barack Obama and his cabinet in the situation room, sees the daring raid unfold.

Covert, who stood just outside the limits of this now famous photo was a career CIA analyst. In search of the world's most wanted terrorist, there can be more important. His work in nearly a decade to find the al-Qaeda leader.

The analyst was the first to put in writing last summer that the CIA would be a legitimate lead to finding bin Laden. He spearheaded the collection of evidence that the Agency has led to a fortified drug in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His was one of the most assured voices telling Obama to bin Laden probably behind these walls.

CIA will not allow him to speak to journalists. But interviews with former and current U.S. intelligence shows that there is a story of quiet persistence and continuity, which led to the greatest terrorist success in history of the CIA. Almost all officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists because they do not want their name associated with the bin Laden operation.

The Associated Press has accepted the request from the CIA not to disclose his full name and some biographical details to remember, so he would not be a target for retaliation.
Call him John, his second name.

John was one of hundreds of people in the CIA's Counterterrorism Center paid after the attacks on Sept. 11, creating a fresh perspective and energy to fight.

He was a standout in the Russian agency of the Department and the Balkans. When Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia, for example, John pulled together details overlooked by others, and wrote what some colleagues considered the definitive profile of Putin. He challenged some of the conventional wisdom Agency of Putin's KGB background and painted a much more complete picture of the man who would come to dominate Russian politics.

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