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CIA releases large trove of information seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound

The CIA launched a brand new batch of information seized in the course of the Could 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, revealing new particulars in regards to the al Qaeda chief’s actions behind the excessive partitions surrounding the home in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and the way he directed the fear group.

The huge quantity of recent materials — almost 470,000 gadgets totaling 321 gigabytes of knowledge — contains audio, video and textual content information discovered on gadgets recovered from bin Laden’s compound, the place he lived along with his spouse and kids together with two couriers and their households. The CIA additionally launched what it says is bin Laden’s 228-page private journal, written by hand in Arabic.

The al Qaeda chief was killed within the Could 2011 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs after almost 10 years in hiding following the 9/11 assaults. Bin Laden narrowly escaped from Afghanistan over the border into Pakistan as U.S. and allied Afghan forces pursued him within the mountains of Tora Bora in December 2001. 

The CIA’s launch of information and paperwork comes after three earlier releases of fabric by the Workplace of the Director of Nationwide Intelligence over the course of the final three years.

“In the present day’s launch of recovered [al Qaeda] letters, movies, audio information and different supplies offers the chance for the American individuals to realize additional insights into the plans and workings of this terrorist group,” CIA Director Michael Pompeo mentioned in a press release.

The discharge contains 18,000 doc information, 79,000 audio and picture information and greater than 10,000 movies, together with footage of bin Laden rehearsing speeches and what the CIA describes as al Qaeda “dwelling motion pictures” of bin Laden’s son Hamza

Hamza bin Laden has been a mysterious determine since al Qaeda started releasing audio messages from him in 2015, in line with Lengthy Battle Journal. The information present in his father’s compound embody footage from the youthful bin Laden’s marriage ceremony — the primary pictures of the younger man to be made public. Footage from the marriage additionally exhibits different high-level Qaeda leaders in attendance.

The information additionally embody extra light-hearted fare: Hollywood movies, cartoons and documentaries about bin Laden himself. “Antz,” “Automobiles,” “The Three Musketeers” and “The place within the World is Osama bin Laden” have been among the many motion pictures discovered on gadgets on the compound.  

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