Real-Time Raid Hoax Exposed As Photo Op
Panetta: Obama did not see bin Laden being killed
May 03, 2011
By Michael Winter
In an interview with the PBS NewsHour, CIA Director Leon Panetta said that although President Obama was watching some “real-time aspects” of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, he did not see the al-Qaeda leader being killed.
Here’s part of the exchange with Jim Lehrer:
JIM LEHRER: Did you have access to video of what was actually happening in the compound, etc.?
LEON PANETTA: We had live-time intelligence information that we were dealing with during the operation itself.
JIM LEHRER: Did you actually see – or did you actually see Osama bin Laden get shot?
LEON PANETTA: No. No, not at all. We – you know, we had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.
JIM LEHRER: What about at the White House situation room where President Obama was? Did he have any – was he seeing anything, any actual time, real-time action going on as well?
LEON PANETTA: I think they were viewing some of the real-time aspects of this as well in terms of the intelligence that we were getting.
JIM LEHRER: So do you think the – did the president see the shots fired at Osama bin Laden?
LEON PANETTA: No. No, not at all. I think we – you know, we saw from, you know, some of the operations that we knew that the helicopters had – were on the ground, that the teams were going into the compound. And that was the kind of information that we were following.
Panetta said that had bin Laden “thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn’t appear to be representing any kind of threat,” he would have been captured alive. He said he is not aware of any communication between bin Laden and the SEALs, but the CIA is still getting “feedback” on what happened.
HERE IS THE FULL TRANSCRIPT: