Imagine finding the U.S.’s terrorist number one - Osama bin Laden – and getting no due credit. No walk down the red carpet at the White House. No announcement to the world that: “Tonight, I can report to the American people, and to the world, that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden.”
Did President Obama take the wind out of someone else’s sails? According to a man in Michigan, yes he did.
Tom Lee, 63, claims he tipped federal investigators to the location of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan eight years before his killing by Navy SEALs in 2011.
Lee has hired attorneys to help him collect the $25 million reward, reported the Associated Press.
In a letter obtained by the Associated Press, sent from Chicago based law firm Loevy & Loevy to FBI Director James Comey in August, it is claimed that Lee reported the location of bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad in 2003.
According to the letter, Lee obtained the information after speaking to a Pakistani intelligence agent who was allegedly a member of a family that Lee had done business with for decades.
“Mr. Lee precisely identified the whereabouts of the most notorious terrorist of our era, a man responsible for the World Trade Center attacks, the most devastating act of terror committed on American soil, and numerous other assaults on Americans,” the letter stated.
According to the letter, Lee, a U.S. citizen of Egyptian heritage, shared the information with customs and FBI agents.
Lee expressed his concern about the lack of reaction by the American government to the tip-off letter he allegedly sent in 2003.
“It disturbs me, and it should disturb every American, that I told them exactly where bin Laden was in 2003, and they let him live another eight years,” he said in an email to The Grand Rapids Press on Friday.
Lee’s account differs from numerous published reports about the bin Laden compound.
U.S officials have said that the Abbottabad house was not built until 2005, while Pakistani officials say they believe bin Laden moved there in the summer of that year.
(With the Associated Press)
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