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article imageSatellite images reveal training facility used for bin Laden raid

By Greta McClain
Oct 10, 2012 in World
Ariel satellite photos of a CIA owned property in North Carolina appear to reveal a mock up of the Osama bin Laden complex stormed by Navy SEALs in 2011.
A Daily Mail report states that satellite images have uncovered a building which looks remarkably similar to the Abbottabad, Pakistan structure where U.S. Navy Seals found and killed Osama bin Laden.
The photos were first released on Tuesday by Crytome, an alleged whistleblower website.
Taking information from the book No Easy Day, written by a former Navy SEAL who took part in the Pakistan raid, Crytome used the coordinates for the CIA Harvey Point Defense Training Facility and entered them into different satellite mapping sites. When typed into Google maps, all that can be seen is an empty field.
Google map of CIA Harvey Point Defense Training Facility
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Google map of CIA Harvey Point Defense Training Facility
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A Mapquest image also reveals nothing but an empty field. However, when the coordinates are typed into Bing maps, several buildings can bee seen.
Bing Map of CIA Harvey Point Defense Training Facility
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Bing Map of CIA Harvey Point Defense Training Facility
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According to NBC News, the Pentagon has claimed it had dismantled the North Carolina facility, the satellite images on Bing are dated as 2012 images.
No Easy Day was written by retired Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette. Bissonnette had used the pen name Mark Owen when he wrote the book, but his real identity was revealed by Fox News according to a Digital Journal report.
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
Mark Owen
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
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Leon Panetta, U.S. Secretary of Defense, was openly critical of Bissonnette's book, asserting revelations in the book could put future operations and Navy SEALs in danger. Panetta also suggested that Bissonnette should be punished for revealing sensitive military information that could jeopardize national security operations and the lives of military personnel.
Cryptome, which is run by New-York based architect and political activist John Young, is a website that uses publicly available material to reveal government activities. Although it has been around longer then WikiLeaks, the use of information available through the Freedom of Information Act as opposed to classified documents sets it apart for the Julian Assange founded organization.
Bin Laden Compound in Abbottabad Pakistan
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Bin Laden Compound in Abbottabad Pakistan
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