CNN is confirming that Osama Bin Laden is dead. More to come when President Obama speaks at the White House in the next 5-10 minutes.
UPDATE 10:56 P.M.: From Fox News’ website. “Usama Bin Landen Dead Fox News Confrims.” For real:
UPDATE 11:03 P.M.: CNN is reporting that the President will be speaking around 11:15 p.m. EST. John King just said that Osama was killed by a “U.S. asset” based on “actionable U.S. intelligence” — this is coming from someone in the administration and from someone in Congress.
UPDATE 11:11 P.M.: CNN is saying Bin Laden was killed in a mansion outside of Islamabad. So what’s up with that, Pakistan?
UPDATE 11:26 P.M.: More fun from Fox News. Via @GossipSports:
UPDATE 11:35 P.M.: President Obama just confirmed that Osama Bin Laden has been killed. Last week, Obama determined they had enough intelligence to get Bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan. Today he gave the go-ahead. “A small team of Americans” performed the operation. They killed Bin Laden and took the body. Also: “Our cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to Bin Laden.”
UPDATE 11:57 P.M.: Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who both failed miserably to do anything about Bin Laden, have issued statements. Clinton: “I congratulate the President, the National Security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks.”
Bush: “I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
UPDATE 12:14 A.M.: Crowds are gathering outside the White House and at Ground Zero in New York. A picture of the crowd we just received from a source at Ground Zero who says that as many as a thousand people are already there:
And from another source, who said: “The crowd keeps growing real fast, as of now it’s around 450 or more. Champagne bottles, beer bottles, American flags all raised!” The crowd is apparently chanting “Yes We Did”:
UPDATE 12:44 A.M.: One of our sources at Ground Zero sent us this picture taken during a moment of silence. She says responses ranged from “Jeers to complete silence and respect.”
UPDATE 12:52 A.M.: Brian Stelter has the story on how the announcement leaked out. Apparently, Obama wrote his speech himself.
UPDATE 1:02 A.M.: According to CNN, it was a team of U.S. Navy SEALS that carried out the Bin Laden operation. The operation lasted only 40 minutes and the team had practiced beforehand. The U.S. State Department has warned Americans abroad of an “enhanced potential for anti-American violence.”
UPDATE 1:10 A.M.: Video of President Obama’s remarks earlier tonight.
UPDATE 1:20 A.M.: Is this true? Have two of OBL’s wives and six of his children been arrested?
UPDATE 1:29 A.M.: A man in Abottabad seems to have basically livetweeted the raid without realizing it. Check it out.
UPDATE 1:34 A.M.: Is Osama Bin Laden Dead Dot Net is a real live website.
UPDATE 3:06 A.M.: According to Saeed Ahmed of CNN, a U.S. official told CNN that Osama Bin Laden has been buried at sea.
UPDATE 3:13 A.M.: Reuters has details on the compound in which Bin Laden was located. U.S. forces ” were led to the fortress-like three-story building after more than four years tracking one of bin Laden’s most trusted couriers, whom U.S. officials said was identified by men captured after the September 11, 2001 attacks.” The compound was in the affluent Islamabad suburb of Abbotabad, and was about eight times the size of other houses in the area. It had beefed up security measures as well, including 12 to 18-foot outer walls and two security gates.