Revealed: Movies, documentaries, funny videos, cartoons and porn engaged Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad

What comes to your mind when you read or hear Osama bin Laden- Terror, death, killing, bomb, blast, attack or to sum up in one horror. On the night of May 1st and 2nd 2011, the preparatory of terrorism in the globe was finished leaving behind many mysteries.

What was Osama bin Laden like? What were his habits? What did he use to like to watch? What was his lifestyle?

Well, the US intelligence agency, CIA, has uncovered some of these questions as on Wednesday it released over 470,000 files seized at Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad, Pakistan compound after the May 2011 raid that killed him.

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A laptop or external hard drive is the house to a bunch of old photos and documents, assorted GIFs and memes, home videos, pirated software and movies, and some porn, which is quite a normal thing. But, if that hard drive belongs to infamous terrorist leader Osama bin then things become unusual.

In what could be the treasure for the world, the stash is a sneak peek into the former Al-Qaeda leader’s approach and plans, and insight into the terrorist group’s global organizational structure, global network, and allies.

It also contains hallmarks of any person who uses the internet:

  • Copies of film classics like Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Final Fantasy VII
  • Episodes of Tom and Jerry
  • An IMAX version of Mysteries of Egypt
  • A download of the Charlie Bit My Finger viral YouTube video
  • An episode of Mr Bean episode
  • 28 crocheting tutorials—including one for an “iPod Sock.”

“Today’s release of recovered al-Qa‘ida 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.”

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The CIA warns interested users trying to download the files to keep in mind that “this material was seized from a terrorist organization.” While the agency has done a preliminary review of the files and withheld any contents with malicious software attached, that doesn’t mean that it’s all gone. In other words, download judiciously and at your own risk — and it appears people are doing just that. At the time of this writing, the files aren’t currently available due to a “technical issue.”

In a statement, CIA said, “With today’s release, the information remaining in the Abbottabad collection that has not been released publicly includes materials that are sensitive such that their release would directly damage efforts to keep the nation secure; materials protected by copyright; pornography; malware; and blank, corrupted and duplicate files.”

Here’s what Osama bin Laden was watching in his den in Abbottabad:

  • Antz
  • Batman Gotham Knight
  • BBC Great Wildlife Moments
  • Biography – Osama bin Laden
  • Cars
  • Chicken Little
  • CNN Presents: World’s Most Wanted
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Heroes of Tomorrow
  • Home on the Range
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • In the Footsteps of bin Laden – CNN
  • National Geographic: Kung Fu Killers
  • National Geographic: Inside the Green Berets
  • National Geographic: Predators at War
  • National Geographic: World’s Worst Venom
  • Peru Civilization
  • Resident Evil
  • Storm Rider – Clash of the Evils
  • The Kremlin from Inside
  • The Story of India
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Where in the World is Osama bin Lade

Other gems include a lot of clip art, a video called “HORSE_DANCE,” numerous episodes of a Jackie Chan television show, image files of the Yahoo logo, a few “funny cat” videos, and an image of a cute stuffed animal monkey.

The release includes 174GB of videos, 7.4GB of image files, and 18GB of documents, among other files.

Among the many videos, there are two videos from Hamza bin Laden’s wedding (Osama bin Laden’s son). Al-Qaeda has promoted Hamza since the death of his father, but the group has always published photos of him as a child, not an adult.

The wedding footage would be a few years old but gives a clearer sense of what he looks like now and indicates who was at his wedding, which could be useful for tracking connections and relationships within Al-Qaeda.

The files also contain a 19-page report about Al-Qaeda’s connections to Iran. Other documents from this trove and previous releases expand the picture of tension, but also a collaboration between Al-Qaeda and the Iranian government over the years.

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