ABC News' Christiane Amanpour reports:
Osama bin Laden killed in a Pakistan villa, not in a cave? Who would have thought that?
Actually, that's what a U.S. intelligence officer who had recently left a top position told me about where bin Laden was living back in the fall of 2008.
Of all places, it came up in conversation a few days later when I made an appearance on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher." Fellow panelists, actor Alec Baldwin and comedian Gary Shandling, were ribbing me, but I got the information out anyway:
"I just talked to somebody very knowledgeable ... [who] thinks that he's in a villa, a nice comfortable villa," I said to a somewhat skeptical reaction from Bill Maher and the other guests. And I added, a villa "in Pakistan. Not a cave."
I remembered that tip when I heard bin Laden was caught living a life of comfort in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, perhaps for as long as five or six years. However, I did not remember I had said it on air. But here it is:
- Christiane Amanpour