Interrogator Reveals How CIA Tracked Down Bin Laden (Multi-Video)

By Jennifer Smith, DailyMail .com 

A CIA-hired interrogator revealed on Monday how the agency tracked down Osama Bin Laden by putting together snippets of information let slip by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Dr. James Mitchell, the author of Enhanced Interrogation, appeared on Fox & Friends on Monday to mark the eve of the sixth anniversary of Bin Laden’s death.

He revealed how he worked with other interrogators to glean information from two of the terrorist’s trusted confidantes to find out where he was hiding in Pakistan.

(Hear from author of ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ directly, courtesy of Fox News, Fox and Friends, My My and YouTube)

They were put on to his trail by Ammar al-Baluchi who was imprisoned along with his uncle, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammed.

Al-Baluchi let slip during one interview that a courier was delivering letters for the notorious criminal.

Ammar al-Baluchi told interrogators about Bin Laden's courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti (below).
Ammar al-Baluchi told interrogators about Bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti (below).

Dr. James Mitchell appeared on Fox & Friends on Monday to tell how information gleaned from Enhanced Interrogations led the CIA to Osama Bin Laden

When his uncle denied it, investigators went back to him and he insisted he was telling the truth.

‘He said, “he’s lying, he’s lying. I don’t know why but he’s lying”‘ Dr. Mitchell said.

Muhammed then raised their suspicions by sending out a message to fellow extremists in the prison not to make any mention of the courier during interrogations.

‘[He] did something that we were actually happy to see. They had figured out some way they thought was secret to communicate with other detainees.

Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti

‘He put out a message in what he thought was a clandestine way of communicating with other detainees, to not talk about the courier.

‘That signalled at least to the interrogators and to the targeters who were following it that that man was important and we needed to do more.’

The courier was Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti.

Eventually, a phone call placed to his phone led investigators to the Abbottabad compound where Bin Laden was hiding.

To hone in on him, interrogators relied on a vital clue from another Guantanamo Inmate who told them how he spoke in native Arabic but inserted Pashto words randomly, making his dialogue hard to keep track of.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

‘What actually allowed them to find him using signals intelligence was that there was another person that we did enhanced interrogations on.

‘He said well this guy that you’re looking for, the courier, it sounds like he has a speech impediment because he talks in native Arabic but he substitutes Pashto words and he does it randomly and it’s very difficult so when you listen to him, it sounds like he has a speech impediment.

‘So that allowed the people who monitor signals to figure out where that guy was living,’ Dr. Mitchell said.

(CIA chief John Brennan insists torture methods helped find bin Laden. Courtesy of IBTimes UK and YouTube)

He also defended the use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, telling hosts the SEAL Team 6 raid which killed him could never have taken place without it.

‘I think you would have had a very hard time getting some of the information that we got from those detainees that allowed us to protect ourselves without those enhanced interrogations.’

(Osama Bin Laden’s Compound: New Details Revealed, courtesy of ABC News and YouTube)

He also insisted that waterboarding was not used in interrogations to determine Bin Laden’s location.

‘The waterboarding was used on only three people and never were we asking questions about the location of Bin Laden.

‘Waterboarding was really only used to identify and disrupt these catastrophic attacks and finding UBL, although that was very important, wasn’t the point of waterboarding.’

Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who claims to have shot Bin Laden, also reflected on his killing over the weekend.

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