(WASHINGTON) -- Thursday morning, President Obama heard the reports of Gadhafi’s death the same way we all did -- from media reports coming from Libya.
By 10 a.m. ET, when the president began his daily intelligence briefing, White House officials were about 95-percent certain Gadhafi was dead, one senor official told ABC News.
Then they became even surer -- “very, very confident” in his death, the official said -- because of intelligence reports from reliable sources on the ground.
“There was reporting from variety of channels that all matched up,” a second White House official said.
Those reports were then complemented by intelligence officers taking the photos and videos of Gadhafi from Thursday and matching them with pre-existing photos using “facial recognition technology” -- the same technology used to confirm Osama bin Laden’s death.
That’s how the president became all but 100-percent certain Gadhafi had been killed.
“Unless we have his body or a DNA match, we’ll never be 100-percent positive,” the second White House official said.
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