Tuesday, May 03, 2011
More Intel On The Bin Laden Takedown
SR. INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL: Fantastic. I'm going to turn it over to my [other senior intelligence official] colleague.
SR. INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL: Yes, I would just like to give an update on the confidence level and the basis for the confidence level that -- the identification of Osama bin Laden. First, he was visually identified on the scene by those who conducted the raid. Also on the scene, one of the women on the compound who we assessed to be one of his wives identified him by name as Osama bin Laden. CIA specialists compared photos of the body to known photos of bin Laden last evening, and were able to determine with 95-percent certainty that the body was Osama bin Laden. And finally, this morning, CIA and other specialists in the intelligence community performed the initial DNA analysis matching a virtually 100-percent DNA match of the body against DNA of several bin Laden family members.
Once again I find all this somewhat hard to swallow.