ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young said he received intelligence briefings weeks ago indicating the United States knew where Osama bin Laden was and planned to attack him.
Young, the Indian Shores Republican who is chairman of the House defense appropriations panel, described the facility bin Laden was found in as a "fortress."
"I have been in close contact with the director of the Central Intelligence Agency over several weeks," the congressman said.
"He had kept me briefed on the fact Osama's location was identified … and that location would be attacked as soon as it was possible," Young said late Sunday.
Reports that bin Laden was in a palace or mansion might misstate the actual size of the vast compound, Young said.
"I can tell you that's probably an understatement. I have seen the intelligence and the photographs of the facility. It is like a fortress."