The U.S. will not pay the $25 million reward for the capture of Osama bin Laden because the raid that killed the former al Qaeda leader was the result of electronic intelligence -- and an operational mistake by one his closest associates -- and not a human informant, ABC News reports U.S. officials saying.

We do not expect a reward to be paid, said a senior U.S. official, meaning that the $25 million bounty offered by the U.S. under the Rewards for Justice program will most likely remain uncollected. Typically, the use of reward money has become an important asset in the government's fight against global terrorism.

According to CNN, the Reward for Justice program, run by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, has paid out more than $100 million to over 60 people since its creation in 1984.