Osama Bin Laden Had EUR 500 Cash, Ready to FleeWorld | May 4, 2011, Wednesday // 14:52| views
Supporters of Jamaat-ud-Dawa an Islamic charity organization offer an absence funeral prayer for Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, in Karachi, Pakistan on 03 May 2011.
Osama bin Laden had cash totaling 500 Euros and two telephone numbers sewn into his clothing when he was killed — sure signs that he was prepared to flee his compound at a moment's notice, according to reports.
The details were reportedly revelaed by top U.S. intelligence officials to members of Congress at a classified briefing in the Capitol Tuesday.
CIA Director Leon Panetta told lawmakers about the items found in bin Laden's clothing in response to a question about why he wasn't guarded by more security personnel at his relatively luxurious home in a military town north of Islamabad.
The evidence of cash and phone numbers was divulged to support the administration's belief that bin Laden was prepared to escape the compound if alerted to an impending attack, the source said.
Bin Laden, 54, was the founder and leader of al-Qaeda. He is believed to have ordered the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001, as well as a number of other deadly bombings.
Bin Laden, his son Khalid, trusted personal courier Sheikh Abu Ahmed and the courier's brother were all killed, along with an unidentified woman.
Bin Laden was shot above his left eye, blowing away a section of his skull, and was also shot in the chest.
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