The CIA declassifies Osama Bin Laden’s personal documents
Researchers from a think tank, who had access to the archives before being declassified, said that they contain Bin Laden’s personal diaries and the video of the wedding of one of his sons
The CIA published on Wednesday thousands of documents and videos of Osama bin Laden found during the US military operation in which the leader of Al Qaeda in Pakistan died six years ago.
Researchers from a think tank, who had access to the archives before being declassified, said that they contain Bin Laden’s personal diaries and the wedding video of one of his sons.
“Today’s publication [by Wednesday] offers the American people the opportunity to learn more about the plans and operation of the terrorist organization,” said the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Mike Pompeo.
The institution revealed 470,000 files found during the operation on May 2, 2011, in which members of the Navy Navy special SEAL division found and killed Bin Laden in a house in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.
According to Thomas Joscelun and Bill Roggio of the Foundation in Defense of Democracies, who were able to study the documents before they were published, they offer a new vision of the operation.
“These documents will help answer some questions we still have about the leadership of Al Qaeda,” Roggio said.
The wedding video of Hamza bin Laden, allegedly held in Iran, offers for example the first picture of bin Laden’s favorite son as an adult.