GOOD READS

Michigan Man Claims He Tipped The FBI To Bin Laden's Location, Wants $25 Million Reward

al jazeera osama bin laden

Getty Images

A Michigan man claiming he tipped off the FBI to Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts in 2003 has hired a high-profile Chicago law firm to help him get the $25 million reward offered for his capture, Jason Meisner of McClatchy-Tribune reports.

The Loevy & Loevy law firm sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey in August on behalf of 63-year-old Tom Lee, an international gem merchant living in Grand Rapids, Mich., who claims he "accurately reported" Bin Laden was living in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

“It disturbs me, and it should disturb every American, that I told them exactly where bin Laden was in 2003, and they let him live another eight years,” Lee told The Grand Rapids Press.

From McClatchy:

Lee, a U.S. citizen of Egyptian descent, said he learned of the complex's location from a Pakistani intelligence agent who told him he had personally escorted bin Laden and his family from Peshawar to Abbottabad. The agent was a member of an anti-al-Qaida family who had done business with Lee for decades, according to a copy of the letter provided by the law firm.

Lee says he told a U.S. customs agent he previously worked with on corruption in the international gem trade and later met with an FBI agent for an interview, McClatchy reports.  Lee's lawyers say they provided a copy of an interview the customs agent gave verifying Lee's claims with the letter.

Al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs at his compound in May 2011, but U.S. officials claim his home in Pakistan wasn't built until 2005, according to AP.

After Bin Laden's death, officials claimed he was found by tracking his courier and the $25 million "Rewards for Justice" payment for the terror mastermind's "capture or conviction" would not be paid out, according to McClatchy.

"Mr. Lee precisely identified the whereabouts of the most notorious terrorist of our era, a man responsible for the World Trade Center attacks, the most devastating act of terror committed on American soil, and numerous other assaults on Americans," the letter reads, AP reports.

Lee has been in the international gem business for more than 40 years and founded the Gem River Corp. — a company which counted former EPA administrator and former acting FBI director William Ruckelshaus as the first member of its advisory board.



More From Business Insider

Quiz: How well do you know India's economy?

Question 1

Which of these products is India the world's largest producer of?

Poll Choice Options
  • Wheat
  • Rice
  • Milk
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Latest News

  • Steady PMIs, sluggish China put brakes on European shares

    European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as data showing China's economy was still stuttering offset some broadly reassuring European purchasing manager index (PMI) numbers. Data compiler Markit's monthly PMI figures, seen as good indicators of future growth, showed that while France's economy was still a drag, Germany was continuing to power the euro zone's recovery. In Asia, China's stock markets had fallen again and the yuan tumbled to 16-month low after a survey …

  • BSE Sensex hits third consecutive record high
    BSE Sensex hits third consecutive record high

    Reuters Market Eye - The BSE Sensex and the Nifty hit record highs for the third consecutive session on Wednesday on the back of gains in blue-chip stocks. The benchmark index hits a record high of 22,901.65. ... …

  • Gold hovers near 2-1/2 month lows
    Gold hovers near 2-1/2 month lows

    Gold was steady but near its lowest in more than two months on Wednesday, with stronger equities denting the metal's safe-haven appeal and outflows from bullion funds showing weak investor appetite. Spot gold was trading flat at $1,283.50 an ounce by 0640 GMT. But if we break that level, we are going to fall to $1,250," said Yuichi Ikemizu, branch manager for Standard Bank in Tokyo. SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund and a good measure of investor …

  • Rupee slips below 61 against the dollar

    Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) The Indian rupee fell below 61 against a dollar for the first time in more than a month Wednesday on continued demands for the greenback from oil importers and weakness in other ... …

  • Credit Suisse upgrades Mahindra & Mahindra to 'outperform'

    Reuters Market Eye - Credit Suisse upgrades Mahindra and Mahindra to "outperform" from "neutral," saying its four-wheeler autos and commercial vehicles will benefit from even a short-lived ... …

IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS & INTERVIEWS

  • This might well be India’s biggest Ponzi scam

    It was just too good to be true. Ashok Khital, 45, displays every symptom of a man who knows he's been conned. …

  • India's star studded football league

    High and mighty including Sachin, Salman & Sun Group buy ISL teams …

  • Leaderspeak with Rajesh Janey

    Rajesh Janey, President - India & SAARC, EMC shares many firsts in his life. …

  • Seed of Doubt

    Field trials have been allowed again in India. But two decades after their global launch, genetically modified (GM) crops remain controversial. …

  • Power Hungry

    Gujarat has power round-the-clock. Most other states do not. Why this will matter in the general elections. …

  • Etcetera

    The most keenly watched contest of the current general election will be the one for the Varanasi parliamentary seat, where the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi squares off ... …

  • Economy vs Democracy

    As the country gets election fever, cash comes out of mattresses and turns into liquor, gifts, and food. But it is not bad for the health of the economy, reports Sarika Malhotra from the trenches. …

MARKET MOVERS

  • Most Actives
    Most Actives
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    16.69-0.16-0.95%
    UNITECH.BO
    14.42-0.16-1.10%
    SUZLON.BO
    120.80+7.40+6.53%
    FRL.BO
    69.05+7.10+11.46%
    MANGCHEM.BO
    54.50+1.75+3.32%
    HCLINFO.BO
  • Price % Gainers
    Price % Gainers
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    16.20+2.70+20.00%
    JAGSONPH.BO
    52.15+7.55+16.93%
    RUSHIL.BO
    14.80+2.01+15.72%
    SOUTHPET.BO
    23.00+2.65+13.02%
    KILITCHD.BO
    23.50+2.60+12.44%
    NELCAST.BO
  • Price % Losers
    Price % Losers
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    -10.95-100.00%
    4THGEN.BO
    -17.30-100.00%
    ALFAICA.BO
    -16.81-100.00%
    AMAL.BO
    -11.73-100.00%
    BORAX.BO
    -29.95-100.00%
    BRADYM.BO
  •  
    Recent Quotes
    Symbol Price Change % ChgChart 
    Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the "Enter symbol/company" at the bottom of this module.
    You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes.
  • Recent Quotes News

    •  
      Sign-in to view quotes in your portfolios.