Usama Bin Laden ‘treasure trove’ not revealing much

U.S. Intelligence Department releases the Bin Laden’s personal library

Four years after the death of Osama Bin Laden, the U.S. government on Wednesday finally released documents found at his Pakistani compound. The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released over 100 documents from the “treasure-trove” recovered by the Navy Seals responsible for killing bin Laden. The documents reveal a new side of the mindset of Al-Qaeda’s founder, his debates over strategy, anxiety over the U.S. spying and his fixation on the group’s media image.

Intelligence agencies have released more than 100 of these documents, after members of Congress ordered the move and critics blasted the CIA for withholding material. The documents are Central Intelligence Agency translations of the originals in English, and AFP had no way to independently verify the materials or the accuracy of the translation. This sudden release of documents comes days after American journalist Seymour Hersh alleged that the White House’ official account of the Bin Laden hunt and the raid that led to his death was a lie.

CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said the release had been long planned and not intended as a responded to Hersh’s report. Within the documents released, Bin Laden advised against communicating by email. He worried about a bug being inserted into his wife’s clothes. He was planning to groom a new group of leaders willing to risk the dangers of joining his Al-Qaeda organization. Read more at


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