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In the last few minutes I've had two different conversations.
One with the US official and the other with a congressional source.
And all that marries up and points to the same conclusion.
That the -- intelligence that led to the identification the compound where -- -- -- was killed came from Guantanamo detainees.
And that this information from Guantanamo detainees.
Was then built into a picture or and intelligence mosaic if you will.
I'm told from additional information that was picked up in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- only by the CIA but also special operations forces.
What I was also told this morning is the key here was really the identification.
Of a courier for Osama bin Laden and what I was told is that the name of this individual was not widely held with an al-Qaeda.
But it was known that he was a protege of -- -- The self described architect of 9/11.
And also someone called -- before -- Levy who was arrested in Pakistan.
Both Khalid Sheikh Mohamed and I'll leave your being held right now Guantanamo Bay.
That the reason that's important is because what it tells you is that the courier was -- to a very limited circle and that he was also moving.
In the higher echelons -- the upper levels of al-Qaeda when as told by senior US official earlier today.
Is that that information was they had it.
Gave them an alias or -- -- to gear for this individual and what they were able to do.
Is ultimately identify this individual which led them to that person's compound -- -- -- in Afghanistan in August.
Of last year that's important because once they had identified the compound.
The US intelligence community was able to piece together more information.
About that compound when it was built and why it was built what I was told is that the compound.
Was striking because of its characteristics.
Its high levels of security.
And also the fact they had been there since 2005.
And that it was seen as a compound that will be built for someone of bin -- -- so what we've got here.
Importantly this information coming from Guantanamo detainees it was pieced together with your real time intelligence.
Which -- the identification of that compound and the killing Osama bin Laden.
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