Was Osama Bin Laden Armed When Killed?

White House spokesman John Carney told the White House press corps at a regular briefing that Osama was not armed when killed. Other details, according to AP:

 

  • Unexpectedly high temperatures caused a lumbering helicopter carrying elite commandos to make a hard landing.
  • A woman killed in the raid is believed to have been the wife of the courier whose trail led to Osama bin Laden.
  • And as Navy SEALs swept through the massive compound, they handcuffed those they encountered with plastic zip ties and pressed on in pursuit of their target, code-named Geronimo.
  • Once bin Laden had been shot, they doubled back to move the prisoners away from the compound before blowing up the downed helicopter.

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Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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