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Panetta Offers Details On Situation Room Scene

UPDATE: The pictures released by the White House give some indication of the tension in the White House Situation Room as the raid that led to Osama bin Laden's death played out.

And now, CIA Director Leon Panetta is offering further details, in interviews with Time and the PBS "Newshour."

He tells PBS that once the teams went in, "almost 20 or 25 minutes" went by in which officials in Washington "really didn't know just exactly what was going on."

In the Time interview, Panetta says that when the head of Joint Special Forces Command reported that commandos had identified "Geronimo" -- the code name for bin Laden -- then "all the air we were holding came out."

And he says when the helicopters left the compound 15 minutes later, the room broke into applause.

FIRST PHOTO: President Barack Obama makes a point during one in a series of meetings in the Situation Room of the White House discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon is pictured at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

SECOND PHOTO: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

THIRD PHOTO: President Barack Obama talks with members of the national security team at the conclusion of one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Gen. James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is seen on the screen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

FOURTH PHOTO: President Barack Obama listens during one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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