We will never know his name, but along with the Navy SEALS, America owes a debt of grattitude to the CIA operative whose perserverence lead to the ultimat e killing of Osama bin Laden Persistent CIA hunter brought down bin Laden - USATODAY.com Hidden from view, standing just outside the frame of that now-famous photograph was a career CIA analyst. In the hunt for the world's most-wanted terrorist, there may have been no one more important. His job for nearly a decade was finding the al-Qaeda leader. The analyst was the first to put in writing last summer that the CIA might have a legitimate lead on finding bin Laden. He oversaw the collection of clues that led the agency to a fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His was among the most confident voices telling Obama that bin Laden was probably behind those walls.