- CRITTER TALK
More from the story that will not quit. The Navy Seals had DNA samples of Osama bin Laden close to hand when he was shot dead on May 1. Where did those samples come from? According to a report from ABC, the DNA came from the body of Osama’s sister, who died of cancer in Boston at Mass General and whose brain was then subpoenaed by the FBI.
Sue McGreevey, Mass Gen spokeswoman, says she’s received a lot of inquiries and hasn’t been able to “turn up any evidence” within the hospital that a bin Laden sister was ever there, or that the FBI ever requested access to any human remains.
Meanwhile, at the FBI Boston field office, Special Agent Greg Comcowich tells us his agency isn’t confirming or denying anything about this story.
The U.S. is believed to have collected DNA samples from bin Laden family members in the years since the 9/11 attacks that triggered the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. It was unclear whether the U.S. also had fingerprints or some other means to identify the body on site.
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