intelligence that bin Laden had been located by Pakistani ISI in 2006, and held under house arrest near Pakistani intelligence and military centers ever since. intelligence official speaking to Hersh, bin Laden was ill at this point, financially supported by some within Saudi Arabia, and kept by the ISI to better manage their complex relationship with Pakistani and Afghan Islamist groups.He told CIA interrogators that bin Laden's courier was a man named Maulawi Abd al-Khaliq Jan and denied knowing al-Kuwaiti.Neptune's spear is the trident, which appears on the U. Navy's Special Warfare insignia, with the three prongs of the trident representing the operational capacity of SEALs on sea, air and land. But, they had full authority to kill him." Another source referencing a kill (rather than capture) order stated, "Officials described the reaction of the special operators when they were told a number of weeks ago that they had been chosen to train for the mission.
CIA paramilitary operatives located al-Kuwaiti in August 2010 and followed him back to the Abbottabad compound, which led them to speculate it was bin Laden's location.
Arshad Khan was carrying an old, noncomputerized Pakistani identification card, which identified him as from Khat Kuruna, a village near Charsadda in northwestern Pakistan.
In September 2010, the CIA concluded that the compound was custom-built to hide someone of significance, very likely bin Laden.
Abbottabad is about 100 miles (160 km) from the Afghanistan border on the far eastern side of Pakistan (about 20 miles (32 km) from India).
The compound is 0.8 miles (1.3 km) southwest of the Pakistan Military Academy.
It had two security gates, and the third-floor balcony had a seven-foot-high (2.1 m) privacy wall, tall enough to hide the 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) bin Laden. officials told The Washington Post that the intelligence-gathering effort "was so extensive and costly that the CIA went to Congress in December  to secure authority to reallocate tens of millions of dollars within assorted agency budgets to fund it." The CIA rented a home in Abbottabad from which a team staked out and observed the compound over a number of months.
The design of bin Laden's compound may have ultimately contributed to his discovery.
A former CIA official involved in the manhunt told The Washington Post: "The place was three stories high, and you could watch it from a variety of angles." The CIA used a process called "red teaming" on the collected intelligence to independently review the circumstantial evidence and available facts of their case that bin Laden was living at the Abbottabad compound.
official had told him that the United States had direct evidence that Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, Lt. Ahmad Shuja Pasha, knew of bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad, but ISI, Pasha and officials in Washington all denied this. Der Spiegel questioned the veracity of the report, produced in the midst of a scandal over BND and NSA collaboration. official had stated that by 2002, interrogators had heard uncorroborated claims about an al-Qaeda courier with the kunya Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti (sometimes referred to as Sheikh Abu Ahmed from Kuwait).
This account states that by September 2010, these leads followed a courier to the Abbottabad compound, where the U. In August 2010, a former Pakistani intelligence officer approached the U. embassy station chief in Islamabad and offered to reveal bin Laden's location, in return for the million reward, according to a retired senior U. The BND informed the CIA that bin Laden was in Pakistan and Bild am Sonntag states that the CIA then found his "precise location" through a courier.
Pakistani officials have found no record of an Arshad Khan in that area and suspect the men were living under false identities.