He was America’s most wanted man living happily, undetected in Pakistan for almost a decade.
Now, a leaked independent report commissioned by the Pakistan government accuses officials and the military of “shocking incompetence and negligence” for not detecting Osama Bin Laden.
The report, which was leaked to the Al Jazeera TV station, also discloses details of the Al Qaeda leader’s day to day life.
According to testimony from his widows he would walk around the compound in a cowboy hat to avoid detection and liked to eat a piece of chocolate and an apple when feeling weak.
He was also, apparently, almost caught shortly after the 9/11 attack when his car was stopped for speeding, but he was not recognised.
Bin Laden was killed by US forces at his compound in Abbottabad in north-west Pakistan in May 2011.
The report said there was little evidence to show that Pakistani officials had helped him hide, but it could not be ruled out.
The report was also critical of the US intervention, calling it “an act of war” and said the killing of Bin Laden was “murder.”