Feds Won't Pay bin Laden Bounty

Nobody to receive $25M reward
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 5:31 AM CDT
Updated May 20, 2011 8:19 AM CDT
The FBI's bin Laden wanted poster.   (FBI)

(Newser) – Nobody is going to receive the $25 million bounty attached to Osama bin Laden, government officials say. The raid that killed bin Laden was the result of electronic intelligence, not information provided by human informants, so the money offered under the Rewards for Justice program will go unclaimed, officials tell ABC, which reports that the road to bin Laden was "paved by satellites, drones, phone surveillance, and luck." The rewards program played a key role in the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, among others.

The $25 million reward was announced soon after the 9/11 attacks and two air travel associations added an additional $1 million each. Two New York congressmen have introduced a bill that would redirect the money to 9/11 first responders, survivors, and family members of victims, while self-styled bin Laden hunter Gary Faulkner claims that he flushed bin Laden out of his mountain hideout and deserves a share of the cash.

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