Tom Lee, 63, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, wants the $25 million reward he believes he is entitled to after having given the FBI information regarding the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, according to a CBS report on Friday.
According to the report which refers to a Chicago's WBBM Newsradio report by Steve Miller, that the United States government has previously asserted that no one is going to get the $25 million reward for information leading to the capture or conviction of Osama bin Laden. The reason given for that decision was because it was electronic intelligence that lead to the raid that killed bin Laden, according to the government.
However, Lee – a gem merchant - claims he told the FBI where bin Laden was hiding back in 2003. He asserts that he knows a Pakistani intelligence agent who escorted bin Laden to the compound in Pakistan quite well. As Lee tells his story, he says the agent called him in 2003 and asked him if he wanted to know where bin Laden was, and he said, “Sure.” That’s when the agent informed him of bin Laden’s whereabouts. Lee said that, after that phone call, he told the FBI where the worst terrorist of the century was, and now he is asking for whatever is reasonable.
Thus far, Michael Kanovitz – a lawyer – wrote James Comey, the FBI director. Kanovitz informed Comey that Lee has a long history of working with the United States government’s investigators and has provided high-quality information about international criminals. Loevy & Loevy - a Chicago law firm - is helping Lee with the case.
Abbottbad, the Pakistan location Lee says he told the FBI about ten years ago, is where bin Laden was killed in a May 2011 raid by Navy SEAL Team 6. That’s why he believes he deserves some of the reward promised by the federal government.