Osama bin Laden tipped off CIA with lack of internet and phone

first_imgAfter almost a decade of searching for Osama Bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader, portrayed as the man behind the 9/11 attacks, was killed Sunday by U.S. officials. The attack took just 40 minutes, but 10 years of searching had some U.S. citizens unsure if Bin Laden would ever be found. So, how did the CIA finally find Bin Laden? It appears there were a few things that tipped officials off after they found a mansion they suspected to be the hiding place of Bin Laden.Bin Laden wasn’t hiding in a cave somewhere, but was actually camped in a million-dollar mansion near a police station and military headquarters in the city of Abbottabad in Pakistan. His mansion is said to be about eight times larger than those around it. One of the largest clues to tip off officials was that the large compound didn’t have a phone line or an internet connection, whereas all of the surrounding mansions did.AdChoices广告There were a few other blatant clues, like the fact that the three-story mansion didn’t put its trash out for collection like its neighbors. Instead, it burned its trash. Another giveaway was that the mansion is behind 18-foot walls that were covered in barbed wire — not your typical mansion. It also has internal walls that turn the compound into a labyrinth of sorts. Also, you’d expect to see large, lavish windows in a mansion that’s eight times larger than the neighboring homes, but officials said there were very few windows.The entire world now knows the whereabouts of Bin Laden’s compound, and thanks to Google Maps, you can now easily find the location in the map of northern Pakistan. The location may not be 100-percent exact, but it does confirm that Bin Laden was not hiding in a cave in the middle of nowhere, but among the everyday citizens of Pakistan. The location is actually a pretty big tourist site, and photos from Google Maps show lush trees among the Abbottabad Mountains.If you click on Google’s pinpoint of the compound, you can see the Place page, which shows hundreds of user reviews expressing their excitement about Bin Laden finally being terminated.With the news of Bin Laden’s death hitting Twitter first, it’s clear that technology is playing a much larger and different role than it did 10 years ago when Google told people to check the news on TV for the most up to date info during the 9/11 attacks. Now, we’re able to get news, whether it’s 100-percent accurate or not, first from Twitter and blogs, and see updates to Google Maps within hours of an event. Technology has changed the way we get our news, and in the case of Bin Laden’s lack of Internet and phone connections, it can also lead to the end of a decade-long search.Google Maps via Gizmodo, Mashablelast_img read more