Politico’s Mike Allen has the rather dramatic details of how President Obama, intelligence sources, special forces and the military planned and plotted the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound — and kept it quiet from the media for months.

Key detail: The raid very nearly turned into an aborted mission, when the helicopter carrying the Navy SEALs malfunctioned. But the pilot brought the aircraft down.

Allen reports, “The assault team went ahead and raided the compound, even though they didn’t know if they would have a ride home,” an official said.

“The special forces put bombs on the crippled chopper and blew it up, then lifted off in a reinforcement craft just before 4:15 p.m., capping an astounding 40 minutes that gave the United States a tectonic victory in the 10-year war on terror touched off by 9/11.””