Nov. 1 (UPI) — The CIA released on Wednesday nearly 470,000 files confiscated during the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden inside his secret compound in Pakistan.
The material includes text, audio and video documents. Among the materials released are bin Laden’s personal journal, practice reels for public speeches he planned to make, home videos of bin Laden’s family and a wide range of al-Qaida propaganda.
“Today’s release of recovered al-Qaida letters, videos, audio files and other materials provides the opportunity for the American people to gain further insights into the plans and workings of this terrorist organization,” said CIA Director Pompeo. “CIA will continue to seek opportunities to share information with the American people consistent with our obligation to protect national security.”
The CIA said other materials were restricted from being released due to copyright infringement. Many of those materials include children’s movies, including Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Cars, Chicken Little and Antz, among others. Bin Laden also had copies of documentaries about him produced by CNN and the Biography Channel.
Other materials not released Wednesday include pornography found in bin Laden’s compound.
The large trove of materials means it will take some time for researchers to fully understand the significance, according to FDD’s Long War Journal. But some insights include proof that bin Laden was still an active leader in the al-Qaida terrorist network and in contact with other leaders around the world.
Also found in the 2011 raid were images of Hamza bin Laden, a surviving son of the terrorist leader, whose likeness al Queda has tried to keep out of the public — possibly for his protection — as he attempts to follow his father’s example by releasing recordings to fellow jihadis.