CIA Veterans View Usama Bin Laden Death as Payback
Published May 29, 2011
This Aug. 8, 1998, file photo shows the United States Embassy, left, and other damaged buildings in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, the day after terrorist bombs in Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Among those killed in Kenya that day were Uttmalal "Tom" Shah and Molly Huckaby Hardy, who were working undercover for the CIA. In Al Qaeda's war on the United States, they are believed to be the first CIA casualties, and like many CIA officers, their service remained a secret in both life and death, marked only by anonymous stars on the wall at CIA headquarters and blank entries in its book of honor. (AP/File)
WASHINGTON - For a small cadre of CIA veterans, the death of Usama bin Laden was more than just a national moment of relief and closure. It was also a measure of payback, a settling of a score for a pair of deaths, the details of which have remained a secret for 13 years.
Tom Shah and Molly Huckaby Hardy were among the 44 U.S. Embassy employees killed when a truck bomb exploded outside the embassy compound in Kenya in 1998.
Though it has never been publicly acknowledged, the two were working undercover for the CIA. In Al Qaeda's war on the United States, they are believed to be the first CIA casualties.