After bin Laden's death, a different kind of hunt

RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The hunt for Osama bin Laden took nearly a decade.

It could take even longer to uncover U.S. government emails, planning reports, photographs and more that would shed light on how an elite team of Navy SEALs killed the world's most wanted terrorist.

The Obama administration is refusing to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act that would provide insights into how bin Laden died, how the U.S. verified his identity and how it decided to bury him at sea -- as well as photographs taken during and after the May 2011 raid on his compound in Pakistan.

Government officials have openly discussed details of the mission in speeches, interviews and television appearances, but the administration won't disclose records that would confirm their narrative of that fateful night.