On Wednesday, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has publicly released a huge chunk of documents from Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden which were seized during the operation code-named Operation Neptune Spear, ordered by the United States President Barack Obama to neutralize the most wanted terrorist. Files retrieved from Osama’s archive include videos about how to crochet flowers, some pirated Nintendo games, Hollywood films, and the famous documentary about himself — Where in the World is Osama bin Laden. The recovered files also include his personal diary, clips of his son Hamza and other videos at the time of his wedding.
Osama Bin Laden’s enormous archives were seized in the deadly 2011 attack by US forces on his Pakistani compound in Abbottabad. According to sources, the agency has released around 470,000 files, including his personal letters and audio files. According to news agency ANI, the CNN news quoted CIA Director Mike Pompeo as saying that the release “provides the opportunity for the American people to gain further insights into the plans and workings of this terrorist organization”. The files release contains other important items, including what it determined are the first-known adult images of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden and documents about al Qaeda’s relationship with Iran and its role in the Iraqi insurgency, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Long War Journal reported.
While the Capitol Hill lawmakers have been pushing for the complete release of the Bin laden documents for quite some time, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was quoted as saying in May that the release of the documents were essential. “Those documents need to get out, especially as you see the growth of al Qaeda and ISIS,” Nunes said in March, referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “Those documents need to get out for historians to have those records so that we can begin to build a history of what al Qaeda was, what it is today, what they were thinking at the time.”
The CIA said that there are some materials that have not been released because they are sensitive to national security. The CIA also added that they are protected by copyright; pornography; malware; and blank, corrupted and duplicate files. The collectables from Osama’s documents include a video which is named “Charlie bit my finger!” about a boy and his brother, who bit his finger. With that there were some other YouTube videos about crochet named, “How to Crochet a Flower.”Osama Bin Laden’s video collection included movies like Antz, Chicken Little and The Three Musketeers. The terrorist’s collection also had Where in the World is Osama bin Laden and National Geographic programs like Kung Fu Killers, Inside the Green Berets and World’s Worst Venom.
(With inputs from news agencies…)