Osama bin Laden Files Being Readied for Release

Sep 16, 2017

The United States government will be releasing documents seized by U.S. commandos in a 2011 raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. CIA Director Pompeo said that the files would be declassified over the next several weeks and released to the public. “Once we are sure that there’s not classified material and that there’s not things that we can’t release, I want to make sure the world gets to see them so that we can have lots of hands touching them and making good judgments about how to make sure that we don’t have a 9/11, that we don’t have this kind of risk again.” The documents include “family letters, papers on Islamic history, books, and notes about al-Qaeda’s operations.” The government released an earlier tranche of files seized in the raid. Those files showed bin Laden’t “fear of surveillance and obsession with attacking the West.”