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"Zero Dark Thirty" (2012)


Maya Briefs SEAL Team Six at Area 51, Southern Nevada


George: Maya, you wanna brief them?

Maya: There are two narratives about the location of Osama bin Laden. The one that you're most familiar with is that UBL is hiding in a cave in the tribal areas, that he's surrounded by a large contingent of loyal fighters. But that narrative is pre-9/11 understanding of UBL.

The second narrative is that he's living in a city -- living in a city with multiple points of egress and entry, access to communications, so that he
can keep in touch with the organization. You can't run a global network of
interconnected cells from a cave.

We've located an individual, we believe, based on detainee reporting,
is bin Laden's courier. He's living in a house in Abbottabad, Pakistan. And we assess that one of the other occupants of the house is UBL.

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