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Osama Bin Laden in a Pakistan Villa? Source Told Amanpour in 2008

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Osama bin Laden killed in a Pakistan villa, not in a cave? Who would have thought that?

Actually, that's what a U.S. intelligence officer who had recently left a top position told Christiane Amanpour about where bin Laden was living back in the fall of 2008. Of all places, it came up in conversation when Amanpour made an appearance on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher.

"I just talked to somebody very knowledgeable...[who] thinks that he's in a villa, a nice comfortable villa," Amanpour said to a somewhat skeptical reaction from Bill Maher and his other guests.  She added, a villa "in Pakistan. Not a cave."

Bin Laden was caught living an apparent life of comfort in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Sunday. Officials suspect he may have hid there for as long as five or six years.

Amanpour was CNN's chief international correspondent at the time, a role she served until 2010 when she joined ABC News to host This Week.

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