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US commander secretly had files on bin Laden raid purged

Data sent to CIA; watchdog groups denounce action

WASHINGTON — The top US special operations commander, Admiral William McRaven, ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public.

The secret move, described briefly in a draft report by the Pentagon’s inspector general, set off no alarms within the Obama administration even though it appears to have sidestepped federal rules and perhaps also the US Freedom of Information Act.

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