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.
A Mapquest image
also reveals nothing but an empty field. However, when the coordinates are typed into Bing maps
, several buildings can bee seen.
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
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.