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CIA releases files related to Osama bin Laden

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Nov 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, Nov 2: The CIA has released a thousands of files seized during the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, including persol photographs of his family and insight into the Al Qaeda’s global leadership, the media reported. The massive amount of new material released on Wednesday containes nearly 470,000 items totalling 321 gigabytes of data.

It includes audio, video and text files found on devices recovered from bin Laden’s compound, where he lived with his wife and children along with two couriers and their families. The Central Intelligence Agency also released bin Laden’s 228-page persol jourl, written by hand in Arabic. The Al aQaeda leader was killed in the May 2, 2011, raid by US vy SEALs after nearly 10 years in hiding following the September 2001 attacks.

Bin Laden rrowly escaped from Afghanistan over the border into Pakistan as US and allied Afghan forces pursued him in the mountains of Tora Bora in December 2001.

The CIA’s release of files and documents comes after three previous releases of material by the Office of the Director of tiol Intelligence over the course of the last three years. The release also includes 18,000 document files, 79,000 audio and image files and more than 10,000 videos, including footage of bin Laden rehearsing speeches and what the CIA describes as Al Qaeda “home movies” of bin Laden’s son Hamza.

The files also include Hollywood films, cartoons and documentaries. “Antz”. “Cars”, “The Three Musketeers” and “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?” were among the movies found on devices at the compound.

Wednesday’s release comes less than a week after President Dold Trump decided to release some but not all files pertaining to the assassition of John F. Kennedy. A 1992 law mandated all files had to come out by last Thursday, unless the President waived some from release. Trump went on to pledge to release all files “other than the mes and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living”. (IANS)

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