Officials: Bin Laden 'complacent' in Pakistan, no sign of escape plan
People gather outside the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden on May 2.
May 12th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Officials: Bin Laden 'complacent' in Pakistan, no sign of escape plan

Washington (CNN) - U.S. officials say several key indicators bolster their initial impression that Osama bin Laden had a support network in Pakistan that resulted in his staying in one location for the past several years, feeling comfortable he would not get caught.

The officials, familiar with the latest assessment of the raid that resulted in the al Qaeda leader's death, point out there is no apparent sign that bin Laden had a ready escape plan. He did not appear to have the means or make an attempt to destroy the reams and gigabytes of documents before Navy SEALs assaulted his compound, according to the sources. The sources requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.

"It looks like he became complacent," one of the officials said. "There is a lot more material than we expected to find here."

Bin Laden, one of the officials noted, had only three men with him in his Abbottabad compound at the time of the assault. U.S. officials have said that aside from bin Laden, the three men who lived in the compound and who were killed in the raid were bin Laden's son and two trusted couriers.

"What does all that mean?" the official said. "How could he be so comfortable living in that location for that period of time with so little security?"

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  1. Tim Gibson

    Any fool who does not believe Pakistan was shielding and protecting Bin Laden, well I am still willing to sale that bridge and best of all you can use it in the flooded Mississippi basin. But let us keep shelling out billions of dollars to the Pakistan leadership while they turn around and share the tail of the helicopter with China that our idiot military left behind. But wait, that is G. W. Bush to blame for that secret left there right and not Obama, we all know he is a god and can do no wrong. I have a great idea, that Casey Anthony in FL, why don't we just put a bullet through her head too, that is our operative now is it not. That and funding the deaths of unborn children and oil companies and that revolving door from the hill to high powered paying jobs, no favors there.

    Still waiting for the revolution to begin here and not on the side of government.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm |