WASHINGTON (AP) — Internal e-mails among senior U.S. military officials reveal that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.
The e-mails, obtained by the Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out. They are the first public disclosure of information about the al-Qaeda’s leader’s death.
Bin Laden was killed May 1, 2011, by a Navy SEAL team that assaulted his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
One e-mail sent May 2 by a senior Navy officer briefly describes how bin Laden’s body was washed, wrapped in a white sheet, then placed in a weighted bag.
According to another message, only a small group of the ship’s leadership was informed of the burial.