Oh my: Did Bin Laden’s wife rat him out to the U.S.?

posted at 8:45 pm on May 25, 2011 by Allahpundit

A few days old but still too fun not to blog. Everything I know tells me it can’t possibly be true: His wife had likely been conditioned to be completely obedient to him; even if she overcame that, she would have known she was risking her life by trying to betray him; and since she was confined to the upper floors of the house, she had virtually no way of contacting outsiders even if she wanted to. None of it makes sense — especially the idea that, after 10 years of living with him in hiding, something could have made her angry enough to drop a dime on him.

But then I think: What if she found the stash?

An in-depth pocket guide to Osama Bin Laden’s hideout that was used by U.S. Navy Seals suggests a mole was living alongside the terror leader, it emerged today.

The colour guide was dropped by one of the special forces soldiers when they raided the home in Abottabad, northwestern Pakistan on May 1.

It features an unseen picture of Bin Laden’s Yemeni wife, Amal, and two of his son, Khalid, alongside detailed descriptions…

‘In my experience of years as an intelligence office, I think someone from the inside may have given information,’ Rahman Malik, the interior minister and former head of Pakistan’s Federal Information agency told the Sunday Times…

[D]etailed information about Bin Laden’s clothes would have been difficult to collect from satellites images as he lived behind high walls.

Following the raid, Bin Laden’s two elder wives have accused Amal of betraying the terror leader by leaking information.

The two Saudi women also suggest that she may have been tracked by U.S. forces to Abbottabad.

Tracked when? She was locked in the house for six years, apparently. And since she was the youngest wife and was sharing a bedroom with him when the SEALs finally came knocking, the enmity from the other wives is easily enough explained. Also, she’s the one who supposedly rushed the SEALs when they entered the room — an illogical move for a would-be mole given the extreme risk that one of them would shoot her before she was recognized. Still, though — I’m intrigued by that color guide that was found on the scene. Follow the link up top and read the Daily Mail piece in full to see just how detailed it was, right down to what Bin Laden himself would likely be wearing. The CIA had a safe house in the city and stealth drones overhead, so they did have ways to gather detailed intel on him that didn’t necessarily require a mole. But detailed enough that the SEALs were reportedly able to build a full-scale model of the compound at Bagram and practice the raid for weeks before it happened? How’d they manage to do that unless there was someone on the inside helping them out?

Two possibilities. It could be that U.S. spy tech is now so awesomely awesome that the CIA can see into buildings from the outside — not just heat signatures, either, but the floor plan, furniture, the works. If you missed it a few weeks ago, read Marc Ambinder’s piece at National Journal about the role played in Bin Laden’s killing by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. They were the ones, apparently, who did most of the detective work in identifying sites where Bin Laden might be hiding, and then after the building was found, they “creat[ed] three-dimensional renderings of the Abbottabad compound using imagery and laser-based sensing devices—laser radar, or ladar.” More:

Professional defense and aviation journals suggest that the NGA, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Air Force have developed sensors that can penetrate foliage on the ground and peek deep under water and even into the ground. Officials wouldn’t comment.

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, ran the NGA during the first part of George W. Bush’s administration. Although the agency is best known for its maps, he shifted its focus toward real-time, dynamic, three-dimensional support using all parts of the spectrum.

When Clapper said in a statement after the bin Laden raid that the intelligence integration he observed in the operation was “the best” he’s seen in 50 years of intelligence service, part of his pride came from the knowledge that his former agency was a significant contributor to the mission’s success.

Who needs moles when you’ve got tech like that? Which brings us to the other possibility: If you believe that people in Pakistani intelligence knew where Bin Laden was — and given their track record, there’s every reason to believe it — then it’s no great leap to think that one of them might have sold him out. In fact, given the recent arrest of Bin Laden’s and Zawahiri’s courier and the rumors about Mullah Omar being killed, I wonder if someone who’s in the know isn’t ratting a whole bunch of people out. There are other possible explanations, of course: We might have found intel in Bin Laden’s computers that led to Omar and the courier, or maybe Pakistan panicked after the Bin Laden raid and started cleaning up some of its jihadi mess before we embarrassed them by identifying other top terrorists living deep inside the country. But … yeah, maybe there’s a snitch somewhere. How well do you think Zawahiri is sleeping these days?

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I wonder if she would have done that if he’d let her get a driver’s license?

carl todd hand on May 25, 2011 at 8:48 PM

If it was the wife I can’t blame her, locked up for 6 years in a house would make me pissed off too.

Bishop on May 25, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Maybe he gave her a VD, so that was her way of getting him back. Too bad he wasn’t circumcised, eh!??!

SouthernGent on May 25, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Everything I know tells me it can’t possibly be true

Could she have been motivated? Maybe the porn, but perhaps by, some kind of, reward?

Last I heard, it was $25,000,000.

iurockhead on May 25, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Women: the bane of Men since Eden!!!!

Jeddite on May 25, 2011 at 8:55 PM

But detailed enough that the SEALs were reportedly able to build a full-scale model of the compound at Bagram and practice the raid for weeks before it happened? How’d they manage to do that unless there was someone on the inside helping them out?

If the safe house was close enough to Casa de la Bin Laden, sound waves beamed off the windows combined with painting the joint with infra red would give you a very detailed interior sketch. As well as let you listen in on all the gossip between the old hens.

Alden Pyle on May 25, 2011 at 8:56 PM

If you missed it a few weeks ago, read Marc Ambinder’s piece at National Journal about the role played in Bin Laden’s killing by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

I’ve been told that they used something like this in Iraq very effectively.

As far as the wife goes… I would be suspicious of any press release or rumor like this until the dust settles and we get some proper accounting at a later date. There are a number of groups trying to spin this.

lexhamfox on May 25, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Oh, it would be so delicious of she did dime him out.

mizflame98 on May 25, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Alas, my wife would do the same thing if she found my stash.

Doh!

alohapundit on May 25, 2011 at 8:57 PM

What women will do for a Gucci purse.

/Just a joke, ladies. ;)

Machiavelli Hobbes on May 25, 2011 at 8:58 PM

It mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Philly on May 25, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Which one?!

canopfor on May 25, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Can someone tell the Obama administration to please stop blabbing about our neat spy cameras already?? Please just stop it.

Perhaps someone in the ISI decided that they wanted to be rich.. just saying.

Illinidiva on May 25, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Probably,the Porn set her off!

canopfor on May 25, 2011 at 8:59 PM

This is why more than one wife is a bad idea.

pedestrian on May 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Nice try, Allahpundit, but it’s someone in Pakistan, plus meticulous work by the CIA, RAW and others. You really have no idea how dim an illiterate, ignorant brainwashed Muslim savage can be — completely unfitted to live in the modern world, even if they know how to use a mobile phone. You’ve probably never met one, have you?

Fortunata on May 25, 2011 at 9:02 PM

How well do you think Zawahiri is sleeping these days?

heh.

Allah, this was a helluva good post. Very strong work and analysis.

ted c on May 25, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Don’t piss off the wife.

amerpundit on May 25, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Maybe it wasn’t the wife. What happened to the missing son? Maybe he got the reward and is in the witness protection program…

tinkerthinker on May 25, 2011 at 9:10 PM

But then I think: What if she found the stash?

Pretty close quarters to have a “stash”. Hell hath no fury like….

Starlink on May 25, 2011 at 9:04 PM

…a woman scorned

rukiddingme on May 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM

OBL is DOA because of PMS

MikeA on May 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Why do we need to know all of this?

Loose lips, sink ships.

CTSherman on May 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Don’t piss off the wife.

amerpundit on May 25, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Just ask Arnold Schwarzenegger.

SouthernGent on May 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM

he’s lucky she didn’t do a Lorena Bobbitt on him. CAn you imagine UBL running down the street with his pr!ck in one hand and getting capped by a CIA operative who happens to be strolling by with a cup o’ Joe?

ted c on May 25, 2011 at 9:13 PM

But then I think: What if she found the stash?

More likely she found his younger wife or the goat.

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I want to see the transcripts of what the wife was screaming when Bin Laden got capped. “you stinking terrorist porno freak!”

Bin Laden’s response, “Fellas, please, do it now, I won’t even put up a fight, just put me outta my misery…”
heh

ted c on May 25, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Ooh, I like the idea that Osama’s shameful pron stash ended up sending him straight to Hell. That’s poetry. He should have stuck to goats.

Kensington on May 25, 2011 at 9:20 PM

OBL is DOA because of PMS

MikeA on May 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM

MikeA:Lol!

canopfor on May 25, 2011 at 9:24 PM

How well do you think Zawahiri is sleeping these days?

The next time this guy appears in a newspaper he’ll be sharing the front page with a cold, cross-eyed cod.

Bruno Strozek on May 25, 2011 at 9:25 PM

The colour guide was dropped by one of the special forces soldiers when they raided the home in Abottabad, northwestern Pakistan on May 1.

Not saying it couldn’t happen, but this sounds a little suspicious. Why would you take a map along if you built a model of the building and spent weeks practicing your maneuvers? The map wouldn’t help if their were errors and even if it were accurate, would you really want to be looking at a map while running around with bullets flying? This sounds like a bit of disinformation designed to cover the true source of intelligence. I’m going with the Pakistani Intelligence sell-out theory.

JackOfClubs on May 25, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Working off of blueprints from when the house was built in the first place? Remember when we bombed the Chinese embassy during Clinton’s bombing of Kosovo? The CIA apologized said, they had been working off of old blueprints of where the Chinese Embassy was located. I imagine when the building was put up in Abbotabad, it had to get permits to build it? It must have had blueprints, and met some kind of building code even in Pakistan. The rest “what he was wearing” etc could have been put together with the latest intel from the safe house surveillance, and delivered to the SEALS real time.

What I really want to know is – where is Hamza?

Dr Evil on May 25, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I heard that the CIA observers who were camped out in the neighborhood schmoozed with a local grocer and this fellow mentioned that he noticed, when making deliveries, there was a young Yemeni girl living in the compound, a detail he knew by her dress.

Bin Laden’s youngest bride was Yemeni.

The mole was good intelligence work.

profitsbeard on May 25, 2011 at 9:41 PM

If my x could have called in a seal hit team and get 25m to boot, I’m more than a little sure I would be a goner..

golfmann on May 25, 2011 at 9:42 PM

She was really a Yemini Jew.

msflea on May 25, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Why do we need to know all of this?
Loose lips, sink ships.

CTSherman on May 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Maybe to try to cause dissension in the terrorist ranks.

They never said what kind of porn stash they found I suppose? There is one specific kind of porn that most devote muslim women or men would never tolerate… and a wife may betray him for.

What the heck I guess whatever it was will come out eventually with the leaks that keep leaking, they’ll try instigate more dissent 1 way or the other…. I am sure it’s not over yet.

wubu on May 25, 2011 at 9:45 PM

[D]etailed information about Bin Laden’s clothes would have been difficult to collect from satellites images as he lived behind high walls.

Huh? Must have been some extraordinarily high walls

DarkCurrent on May 25, 2011 at 9:47 PM

No way. First of all, ratting out Osama would have put her life in danger because there was a possibilty that our guys would have just dropped a bomb on the whole house, killing everybody. Second, she attacked the SEALs and got shot for it.

I think the reason why the SEALs had all the info they did is from months of surviellence.

SoulGlo on May 25, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Well, he could have taken the garbage out to the curb once in a while in five years, could’t he?! But no… instead he ran with that “Sorry Honey, I think I might hear a Predator overhead” excuse until she just couldn’t stand to hear it one more time!

drunyan8315 on May 25, 2011 at 9:56 PM

She got tired of his day dreaming about 72 virgins.

Basilsbest on May 25, 2011 at 10:10 PM

She got tired of his day dreaming about 72 virgins.

Basilsbest on May 25, 2011 at 10:10 PM

And don’t forget they all have perpetually-regrowing hymens.

What gal could compete with that?

I think it was these hymens that did it.

profitsbeard on May 25, 2011 at 10:16 PM

So women, the oppressed of Islam, will perhaps lead its reform?

AshleyTKing on May 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM

The knowledge of the compound could have come from?
A. A mole.
B. A previous occupant.
C. A construction worker.
D. Ground penetrating radar.
E. Old overhead surveillance pics.
F. The municipal planning office.
G. A mix of the above.

Slowburn on May 25, 2011 at 10:42 PM

The location near OBL’s compound was likely loaded with imaging equipment, much like that used to inspect trailer trucks crossing the Mexican border. If the SEALs didn’t get OBL, the radiation eventually would have.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Gee, honey, look at that pretty dragonfly hovering just outside the window …

crosspatch on May 25, 2011 at 11:25 PM

“E. Old overhead surveillance pics.”

Yep, if you can go back in time and watch it being built, you can get a pretty good idea of the floor plan. At least until the roof is on it.

crosspatch on May 25, 2011 at 11:27 PM

It’s pretty unlikely they would have left her behind if she was the one who dropped the dime on him.

xblade on May 25, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Answer to 1st question is no. How would she drop the dime while cooped up in a house with no telecoms? I’d much prefer how we did it remain classified until such time whatever technology used becomes common place. Then again, having a bunch of loose lips, maybe this is the WH trying to spin ‘betrayal by wife to divert attention. Whatevs.

AH_C on May 25, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Marion Barry can empathize.

/b!tch set me up

Ward Cleaver on May 25, 2011 at 11:53 PM

It isn’t unlikely that his youngest wife was tracked when she left (fairly recently, I think I read) from Yemen to join him.

crosspatch on May 26, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Who needs moles when you’ve got tech like that? Which brings us to the other possibility: If you believe that people in Pakistani intelligence knew where Bin Laden was — and given their track record, there’s every reason to believe it — then it’s no great leap to think that one of them might have sold him out. In fact, given the recent arrest of Bin Laden’s and Zawahiri’s courier and the rumors about Mullah Omar being killed, I wonder if someone who’s in the know isn’t ratting a whole bunch of people out.

Tipping point?

Have one or more ISI scumbags decided the odds of al Quaeda ever conquering the world are worse than the sure thing of a CIA payoff?

Enquiring minds want to know.

novaculus on May 26, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Couldn’t stand the stench?

pat on May 26, 2011 at 2:29 AM

why did the Pakistanis publish this?

Phoenician on May 26, 2011 at 4:06 AM

OOH. I smell a tv pilot. ‘The Real Housewives of Al-Qaeda”. Someone get on this, STAT!

Urban Infidel on May 26, 2011 at 7:14 AM

The colour guide was dropped by one of the special forces soldiers when they raided the home in Abottabad

Yeah, right. “Dropped”. There might be more to this than we know. It could be that the information was planted in order to confuse others about how the deal actually went down.

Michael K. on May 26, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Betrayal Sweet, sweet justice.

Cylor on May 26, 2011 at 1:07 PM

I can kind of sympathize with OBL to a large extent, because my wives sometimes engage in petty, internecine rivalries.

It gets to be quite an annoyance.

molonlabe28 on May 26, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I have it on very good intel that the final straw was Bin canceling the final season of Big Love.

patrick neid on May 26, 2011 at 8:52 PM