Man claims he helped FBI find bin Laden, seeks $25M reward

Locals doubt terrorist lived among them
Locals doubt terrorist lived among them
Mike Krumboltz

A Michigan man is claiming that he helped point the FBI toward the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden's compound, and he has retained a law firm to help him claim the $25 million reward.

Bin Laden was shot and killed by U.S. military forces when they raided his Pakistani compound in May 2011. Before bin Laden's death, when his whereabouts was unknown, the FBI offered a $25 million reward for information leading to the capture or death of the terrorist.

Tom Lee, 63, claims he gave the FBI information about bin Laden's location in 2003, CBS-Chicago 2 reported. He has hired the law firm of Loevy & Loevy to help him pursue the reward.

Yahoo News spoke with a representative from the firm who confirmed its involvement. In a statement mailed to Yahoo News, the firm also confirmed that its representatives wrote a letter to FBI Director James Comey explaining the firm's position. The representative made no further comment.

So, how did a man from Grand Rapids, Mich., happen to know where the most notorious criminal on the planet was hiding? According to the letter sent from the firm to Comey, Lee claims to know a Pakistani intelligence agent who told him where bin Laden was located. Lee then gave that information to the FBI.

The location, according to the claim, turned out to be the same compound where bin Laden was killed. In 2011, U.S. authorities announced the discovery of bin Laden's location was due to electronic surveillance and not a tip. Thus, no reward would be paid.

It's unclear why the lawsuit is coming up now, more than two years after bin Laden's death. When asked about where the case will go next, the firm declined to comment.