Obama to thank CIA workers Friday for helping find Osama bin Laden


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that Obama will meet with “a broad range of the intelligence community” to thank them for their ongoing work, especially on helping locate the former al Qaeda leader.

Carney said Obama decided to make the trip shortly after bin Laden’s death.

Several reports published since Navy SEALs killed the terror leader earlier this month indicate that the CIA was deeply involved in determining his whereabouts.

As colleague Greg Miller has reported, a small team of CIA operatives used a safe house near bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to conduct surveillance on him.The agency also employed new stealth drone aircraft to fly dozens of secret missions over the compound.

Friday’s trip will mark Obama's third journey across the Potomac River to the agency in Langley, Va. He met with top officials and delivered a speech to CIA employees at headquarters in April 2009, according to The Post’s POTUS Tracker. He also attended a memorial service in February 2010 for CIA employees killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Obama has given only a few other rank and file pep talks for employees at the departments of Defense, Energy and Justice and the FBI.

He met two weeks ago with the Navy SEALs who conducted the raid on bin Laden’s compound.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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