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REVEALED: The man who masterminded Osama hunt

Last updated on: July 8, 2011 14:45 IST

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The Central Intelligence Agency operative who was responsible for tracking down and ultimately killing Osama Bin laden may have had his cover blown because of his distinguishing yellow tie.

The man, known as 'John'', is a career CIA analyst whose job for nearly a decade was hunting down the Al Qaeda chief.

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His full name is a closely-guarded secret, but now, according to the Daily Mail, an internet ''spy-hunter'' believes he may have identified him from a set of White House photographs, including the now-famous picture of senior officials watching Navy SEALs storming bin Laden''s hideout.

The man believed to be the mastermind is seen in the background as Barack Obama talks with members of the national security team after the successful mission.

Last week, the CIA told reporters that John had been in the room at the time but was just out of frame.


Image: The CIA operative watched the Osama op with Obama, but was out of the frame

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Spy hunter John Young studied the photo and noticed a tall man with a yellow, patterned tie standing just outside the frame. He then checked it against other photos taken at around the same time and found one of the men wearing the yellow tie in full view.

Nearly all the officials involved in hunting Bin Laden have insisted on anonymity because for their own safety they did not want their names linked to the operation.

The CIA has said they will not permit him to speak to reporters.


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Source: ANI