Osama bin Laden in a Pakistan Villa? Source Told Christiane Amanpour in 2008

By MichaelJames

May 3, 2011 9:20pm

ABC News' Christiane Amanpour reports:

Osama bin Laden killed in a Pakistan villa, not in a cave? Who would have thought that?

Actually, that's what a U.S. intelligence officer who had recently left a top position told me about where bin Laden was living back in the fall of 2008.

Of all places, it came up in conversation a few days later when I made an appearance on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher." Fellow panelists, actor Alec Baldwin and comedian Gary Shandling, were ribbing me, but I got the information out anyway:

"I just talked to somebody very knowledgeable … [who] thinks that he's in a villa, a nice comfortable villa," I said to a somewhat skeptical reaction from Bill Maher and the other guests.  And I added, a villa "in Pakistan. Not a cave."

I remembered that tip when I heard bin Laden was caught living a life of comfort in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, perhaps for as long as five or six years. However, I did not remember I had said it on air. But here it is:

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- Christiane Amanpour

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