Tom Lee , a resident of Grand Rapids Michigan, claims that he fingered the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in 2003 and has made numerous attempts to collect the 25 million dollar bounty.  Lee has hired the law firm of  Loevy & Loevy to represent him and they have sent a letter to FBI Director  James Comey a couple of months ago to reiterate Lee’s claim to the reward.

The 63 year old gem merchant claims that he talked to a Pakistani intelligence agent in 2003, who said he had accompanied bin Laden and his family from  Peshawar to Abbottabad.  Lee claims that the agent was a member of a family that he had been doing business for years and that the agent opposed bin Laden.  Lee says he then informed customs agents and the FBI to bin Laden’s whereabouts.  He says that he cannot understand why they waited so long to go after bin Laden and suggests that Americans should be asking the same thing.

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The letter claims, “Mr. Lee precisely identified the whereabouts of the most notorious terrorist of our era, a man responsible for the World Trade Center attacks, the most devastating act of terror committed on American soil, and numerous other assaults on Americans.”

There are possible problems with Lee’s story.  US officials have claimed the house was not built until 2005 and Pakistani officials think he moved in that year.  Of course, that house could have been built to replace a previous one.  A request was made to speak to Lee and his attorney, but there has been no answer yet.  The FBI refused comment.

It is not known what evidence Lee has to back up his story.  Only portions of the letter have been released.  One of bin Laden’s wives claimed she didn’t move into the house until 2006 and never left the top floors.

Steven Ahle is the Editor of Red Statements.