CIA Agent Who Tracked Osama a Complicated Heroine
She's described as ambitious but prickly in 'WaPo' profile
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2012 6:51 AM CST
This is an undated file photo shows then-al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – It's the stuff of movies—quite literally. The Washington Post today takes a fascinating look at the minefield-filled career of the undercover agent who was key to tracking down Osama bin Laden and at the center of the Kathryn Bigelow film chronicling the manhunt. Described by the Post as a "headstrong young operative," her time with the CIA has not been without drama, according to current and former officials: The 30-something, who joined the CIA before 9/11 and was stationed in Islamabad, was recently missed out on a promotion that most assumed was a given considering her bin Laden achievements.

She was apparently one of the early champions of the idea to target the couriers used by al-Qaeda as a way to find bin Laden. But she tussled with colleagues over credit for his killing after awards were handed out this spring, going so far as to send out a mass email arguing that, in the words of a former official, "You guys tried to obstruct me. You fought me. Only I deserve the award." She has also "come under scrutiny" for her relationships with those making the movie after it was revealed that she met with writer Mark Boal (the character of Maya, played by Jessica Chastain, is based on her). Former associates describe her as prickly but successful: "She’s not Miss Congeniality, but that’s not going to find Osama bin Laden," says one. Click to read the Post's entire profile.

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Dec 11, 2012 2:50 PM CST
She probably just needs to get laid more.
Dec 11, 2012 12:41 PM CST
I don't know why they just didn't print the woman's name. They sure narrowed the field for the terrorists that are probably looking for her anyway, so they can get their revenge.
Dec 11, 2012 8:50 AM CST
Obviously there is more to this story than any of us know - the main job of both the governement and media is to only reveal the part of the truth they want to. That being said, given the information that we have, this seems to be yet another example of those politically connected and motivated taking credit for some hard working soul slaving away in the trenches. Seems pretty obvious her plan was shoved aside by all but a few and when she worked at it anyway and achieved success with little or no assistance, all those poo-pooers in the corner offices hijacked her bandwagon.