The official passed polygraph tests, after which the U. began local and satellite surveillance of bin Laden's Abbottabad residence. According to the official, retired CIA officials emphasized the importance of bin Laden's courier to the press, because they were nervous over torture scrutiny and possible prosecution. 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.
In addition to a helicopter raid, planners considered attacking the compound with B-2 Spirit stealth bombers.
They considered a joint operation with Pakistani forces.
Mc Raven, the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), about the compound in January 2011. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) to work with a CIA team at their campus in Langley, Virginia.
Mc Raven said a commando raid would be fairly straightforward but he was concerned about the Pakistani response. The captain, named "Brian", set up an office in the printing plant in the CIA's Langley compound and, with six other JSOC officers, began to plan the raid.
( UTC, May 1) by United States Navy SEALs of the U. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (also known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six). According to the earlier official version of his identification from a U. official, identification of al-Qaeda couriers was an early priority for interrogators at CIA black sites and the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, because bin Laden was believed to communicate through such couriers while concealing his whereabouts from al-Qaeda foot soldiers and top commanders. One of those claims came from Mohammed al-Qahtani, a detainee interrogated for 48 days more or less continuously between November 23, 2002, and January 11, 2003.