London: While former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is popularly known to have been given a sea burial, some emails leaked from an intelligence analysis firm have suggested that his body had actually been taken to the US for cremation.
According to the emails, the Al Qaeda chief, shot and killed during the famous Navy Seal Team Six raid on his compound in Pakistan`s Abbottabad city May 2, was transported back to the US and cremated, the Daily Mail reported.
The emails were allegedly obtained by the hacker group Anonymous from Stratfor, an organisation dealing with intelligence and geopolitical analyses.
After Osama was killed in the famous raid in Pakistan May 2, 2011, the Obama administration said his body was buried at sea off the USS Carl Vinson - in accordance with Islamic traditions.
Last week, Anonymous announced that it had got access to 2.7 million of the firm`s confidential correspondences, and said they could provide "the smoking gun for a number of crimes".
The hackers said Stratfor, based in Austin, Texas, were "clueless" when it came to database security.
But in a particular set of emails given to WikiLeaks, the Stratfor`s vice president for intelligence, Fred Burton, says he doubts the official White House version of what happened to Osama`s body.
Burton says the body was "bound for Dover, on a CIA plane" and "onward to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda (Maryland)".