Looks like there is live footage of the Osama bin Laden raid after all. CBS News reports that each of the 25 Navy SEALs that stormed the Abbottabad compound donned tiny helmet cams capturing the 40-minute mission. It had been unclear what footage the U.S. government obtained due to remarks from CIA director Leon Panetta last week that members of the Situation Room, in the iconic photo released by the White House, weren't actually watching the raid unfold because of a 25-minute blackout.
Apparently the blackout was due to a transmission error and U.S. officials have collected the footage and are now poring over the video evidence to get a better sense of what happened during the early morning raid. CBS gained a rough sketch of the sequence of events and has depicted the raid in the video below:
So far, here are the new details CBS gained that were previously unreported:
We now know that the only firefight took place in the guest house, where one of bin Laden's couriers opened fire and was quickly gunned down. No one in the main building got off a shot or was even armed, although there were weapons nearby.
The SEALs first saw bin Laden when he came out on the third floor landing. They fired, but missed. He retreated to his bedroom, and the first SEAL through the door grabbed bin Laden's daughters and pulled them aside. When the second SEAL entered, bin Laden's wife rushed forward at him -- or perhaps was pushed by bin Laden. The SEAL shoved her aside and shot bin Laden in the chest. A third seal shot him in the head.
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