The million-dollar question surrounding the killing of terror master mind Osama Bin Laden seems to have been answered. According to reports, the U.S. government will not pay out the $25 million reward the Department of State had announced years ago for anyone giving clues leading to his capture.
U.S. officials have said Bin Laden's death was the result of electronic intelligence and not information from any one informant, Britain's Daily Mail reported on Friday.
After Bin Laden's death, not many serious contenders had staked a claim for the reward money. However, Gary Faulkner, who is known as the Bin Laden hunter, said he deserves a portion of the money.
There have doubts about who will be awarded the bounty as it was clear that the U.S. intelligence network, not any single tipster, had blazed the trail to the terror fugitive's den.
Two members of the U.S. Congress introduced a legislation to spend the money on the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack that Bin Laden masterminded. Reps. Anthony Weiner and Jerrold Nadler said part of the money can be utilized to fund organizations that provide healthcare and other supports to the victims of the attack.
The bounty is part of the 'Rewards for Justice' program of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security. More than a hundred million dollars have been given away from this fund since its creation in 1984. The purpose of the program is to fund people who provide actionable information that put terrorists behind bars or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide.
There was confusion as to how much will be the reward money, whether it will be $25 million as was originally announced by the State Department or $50 million the Congress authorized three years later.
The largest ever reward given by the State Department was $30 million given to a person who gave key information about the two sons of Saddam Hussein, who were killed eventually.