Who Was the Mystery Woman in the Situation Room?
Top officials gathered in the White House Situation Room to watch the Navy SEALs take down Osama bin Laden, but who was the woman looking on from the back of the room? INSIDE EDITION has the details.
It's a photo of that white-knuckle moment in the White House Situation Room during the raid that took down Osama bin Laden.
Peeking out in the back of the room is a mystery woman. She's the only woman in the room other than Hillary Clinton.
Her name is Audrey Tomason. Few people outside the intelligence community have heard of her but she holds one of the most sensitive jobs in Washington as Director of Counterterrorism.
INSIDE EDITION has learned she's 34 years old. She attended prestigious Tufts University and graduate school at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
And Hillary Clinton says she isn't covering her mouth in shock in the now iconic picture. She says it's allergies.
"I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing some of my early spring allergic coughs," said Clinton.
The U.S. won't release pictures of Osama bin Laden's body, but the Reuters news agency obtained photos showing the other terrorists killed in the raid, including bin Laden's son. The photos are graphic in nature and carry a date stamp of May 2, 2011 and they're timed 2:30 a.m. and 2:39 a.m., about an hour after the raid.
One picture that was published in several European newspapers purports to show bin Laden's body being removed by Navy SEALs. But it turned out to be a fake. A dramatic scene from the 2001 movie Blackhawk Down was used to make the photo. The face of Osama bin Laden was Photoshopped in.
The compound where bin Laden was living appears to have been a prison for his children, neighbors say.
CBS Foreign Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reporting from Abbottabad said, "The kids told me that the bin Laden kids never came out to play with them. They didn't even go to school."
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