Cell phone call may have tipped off Osama bin Laden's hideout

Officials speculate that a phone rang in the locale

U.S. officials say a cell phone slip up may have lit the trail to Osama bin Laden, since he probably went offline in 2002, writes Aliya Sternstein of Nextgov.

A key to finding out where the terrorist leader was hiding was to find third parties, such as couriers delivering food and other supplies to the compound, who were more likely to be carrying mobile devices, U.S. cyber-forensic officials told the publication.

Another mobile tip-off may have been caused by an error in judgment if the fugitive felt more comfortable after years in hiding, the article said.

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