May 3 - Just released photos from the White House show the President and other senior officials in the White House Situation Room on Sunday as the group monitored the unfolding bin Laden operation on a video screen. Jon Decker reports.
New details are emerging about the U.S. raid on the luxury compound in Pakistan where Obama bin Laden was hiding. According to President Barack Obama's counterterrorism adviser, bin Laden lived in the heavily fortified compound for the past five to six years. Just released photos from the White House show the President and other senior officials in the White House situation room on Sunday as the group monitored the unfolding operation on a video screen. The mood in the room during the 40-minute operation was described as "tense" and "anxiety-ridden" as Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State of Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates watched more than 2 dozen navy SEALs engage in a fire fight. Upon hearing the news that bin Laden was killed, President Obama is said to have told his National Security team, "We got him, guys." According to the White House, Navy SEALs snatched computer drives and disks from bin Laden's compound, yielding what a U.S. official told Reuters was "a treasure trove of intelligence." Jon Decker, Reuters.