Published June 12, 2011
Los Angeles – An eccentric California salvage diver was Sunday preparing a mission to the north Arabian Sea to recover Usama bin Laden's body as proof the al Qaeda leader really is dead the New York Post Reports.
Bill Warren, 59, has vowed to scour the sea bed to find the corpse and deliver photographic evidence that the terror leader was killed, the New York Post reported.
Warren, who has discovered more than 200 undersea wrecks, told the Post he was taking on the mission to expose the truth.
"I'm doing it because I am a patriotic American who wants to know the truth. I do it for the world," he said.
Afterwards the White House said it would not release graphic images of bin Laden's corpse, but the CIA did later show the photographs to select US lawmakers.
Warren said he expected to spend about $400,000 on a two-week jaunt next month. He planned to rent a ship in India for $10,000 a day, and spend another $1,000 a day for a remote-operated submarine.
"I have a Russian girlfriend, and she tells me that over there, in intelligence circles, they don't believe bin Laden's really dead."
Bin Laden was buried at sea from the carrier USS Carl Vinson to adhere to Muslim funeral rites.