John Brennan: No ‘Specific Threats’ Yet, ‘Looking’ to Release More Details About Raid

By Kate McCarthy

May 3, 2011 9:21am

There have been no "specific threats" made against America in the nearly 48 hours since an elite team of Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism told me this morning.

“We’re working very closely with Department of Homeland Security, FBI and others so that we understand here at the White House what those measures are as well as what threats might be out there but right now I think we feel pretty confident that we are at the right posture,” John Brennan said.

Brennan said it is “inconceivable” that bin Laden did not have some sort of support system inside Pakistan – considering he was hiding about 1000 feet away from a military academy– and the administration is investigating if members of the Pakistani government gave him any help.

“At this time, what we’re doing is pursuing the leads and engaging with the Pakistanis and it’s too early to tell what type of support system he had,” Brennan said.

They hope to find out more about that support system in the evidence the SEALs took from the compound.

Brennan backed up the news that my colleague Jake Tapper broke this morning that the White House is considering releasing a photo of bin Laden’s corpse as early as today.

“We are looking at releasing additional information, details about the raid as well as any other types of material, possibly including photos," Brennan said.

“Any types of material related to the raid, we need to make sure that we make the right decisions.   What we don’t want to do is to compromise potential future operations by releasing certain things so we’re looking at all of this and making the right decisions,” he added.

So what was Brennan’s most searing moment as the operation unfolded? When the helicopter went down at the compound but stayed instead of following the plan, he told me.

“Wondering why it did not move off, was there a mechanical problem or whatever, how they were going to adapt then the operational plan and whether or not that was going to affect the chance of success,” he said. “So we were hoping to be able to get bin Laden and bring him out but not knowing what was happening inside certain areas of the compound just led to very tense moments.

Watch the interview here:

George Stephanopoulos

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