Manhunt, the inside story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, debuts May 1, exclusively on HBO. This documentary features testimony from CIA analysts, targeters and operatives who tracked him for nearly two decades.
For more than two decades, he was the target of intense scrutiny, with an entire unit at the CIA dedicated to tracking his every move and trying to determine what violence he might perpetrate. When 9/11 confirmed Osama bin Laden’s intentions, these same analysts and operatives were now blamed for failing to prevent it, though they had spent years warning about the possibility of an attack. Manhunt features testimonials from CIA Analysts, Targeters, and Operatives who tracked Bin Laden for nearly two decades, turning years of careful planning and intelligence into action on May 1, 2011.
An Official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Manhunt is a unique insider account that puts a human face on the secret world of intelligence gathering. It offers a reminder that these members of the CIA aren’t trained soldiers like those who successfully raided Abbottabad, but average people with extraordinary motivation.
Manhunt features testimony and recollections – many shared for the first time – from the CIA officers who labored to destroy bin Laden’s terrorist organization and eventually kill the man himself. Although audiences may know some of the story through fictionalized films such as “Zero Dark Thirty,” this real-life spy thriller includes behind-the-scenes accounts from actual analysts, targeters and operatives, who testify to the disagreements, frustrations, tragedies and triumphs that marked this fascinating and painful chapter in American history.
Manhunt offers extensive, rarely seen footage of al-Qaeda training and propaganda videos, including digital suicide notes from terrorists who had dedicated their lives to jihad, that CIA officers studied closely on a daily basis. The documentary also chronicles the bombing of the military base in Khost, Afghanistan, where a Jordanian doctor viewed by the CIA as a potential mole inside bin Laden’s inner circle turned out to be a suicide bomber.
The documentary debuts WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-9:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.