Public to Learn More Soon About DNA Match and Facial Recognition Analysis of OBL, as Well as Intel Gleaned from Computers

May 6, 2011 7:41am

A US official tells ABC News that the public will learn more in the next few days about the way officials identified that the corpse of Osama bin Laden, as well as other information gleaned from the trove of date taken from the compound.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, had previously said the new information would be provided today but that officials had to push back timing of the release. 

After Navy SEALs took photographs of bin Laden, CIA officials used facial recognition analysis to confirm that the man SEALs shot was in fact bin Laden. DNA samples matched those of bin Laden's relatives with 99.9 percent certainty.

President Obama decided against releasing photographs of bin Laden, fearing their graphic and gruesome nature could be inflammatory and put Americans at risk.

The government will also release more information from the computers seized in the raid on bin Laden's compound. Yesterday ABC News reported on evidence of discussions about targeting US rail lines and a possible attack marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

President Obama travels to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, today, where he will meet with members of the Navy SEALs and Army helicopter unit that took part in the bin Laden operation, watch my GMA report:

- Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)

NOTE: This post was updated at 11:20 a.m. to reflect the administration's change of plans for release of new information. 

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