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Pentagon purges raid records

world Updated: Jul 10, 2013 00:07 IST
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US president Barack Obama had ordered a top navy officer to remove the military files on the Navy SEAL’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout from the Pentagon computers, according to news reports.

Obama had asked Navy Vice Admiral, William H McRaven, to send these files to the CIA in order to shield them from getting public. The New York Daily News has reported that the records transfer was part of an effort by McRaven to protect the names of the personnel involved in the raid.

A draft report by the Pentagon on secretly transferring the records mentioned that it “appears to have sidestepped federal rules and perhaps also the Freedom of Information Act.”

The CIA said that the SEALs were effectively assigned to work temporarily for them, as they have the presidential authority to conduct covert operations.