03 May '11, 1am

A fear of technology, especially communications tools, was what led to Osama bin Laden's eventual demise

A fear of technology, especially communications tools, was what led to Osama bin Laden's eventual demise

ABC video frame grab of bedroom where Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. --PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON - IN A high-tech world where just about anyone who can afford it has a telephone or an Internet connection, Osama bin Laden's decision to shun the communications tools helped contribute to his demise. Despite years of speculation that the Al-Qaeda leader may be living in rough conditions along the Pakistan-Afghan border, he turned up in a well-appointed villa in a military cantonment town north of the Pakistani capital Islamabad. But the mansion in Abbottabad where the 9/11 mastermind was killed by US Navy Seals on Sunday did not have telephone or Internet service, according to US officials, presumably to prevent detection through electronic eavesdropping. The absence of the basic tools of modern communications in a luxury home was cited by US officials as precisely on...

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