CIA Found ‘Mr Bean’ And 'Charlie Bit My Finger' Videos At Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout
It's hard to imagine Osama Bin Laden as anything other than an absolute shit of an individual after he orchestrated the terror attacks on the World Trade Centre buildings as well as founding al-Qaeda.
But if you take a look at the list of movies found on the computers found at the Abbotabad compound where he was eventually found in and killed, it paints a different picture of the terrorist.
In a statement, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said: "Today's release of recovered al-Qaeda 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 organisation.
"CIA will continue to seek opportunities to share information with the American people consistent with our obligation to protect national security."
Sure, they certainly found some stuff that was relevant to a terror organisation, but there were some other strange additions like Mr Bean with Pashto dubbing, tons of Tom and Jerry cartoons, Chicken Little, Antz, and the 'Charlie Bit My Finger' video.
Dan Byman, professor at Georgetown University told The Washington Post: "When you study terrorist groups, that's always what's striking to people, the kind of quirky, human side of them."
Thankfully, people who have looked through the CIA's files, which amount to a whopping 321GB, also found some other interesting bits of information. There were several videos about crocheting, which is kind of a strange hobby to have, but I guess when you're bunkering down from many, many intelligence services, you've got to spend your time doing something.
He seemed very interested in himself, with the 2008 documentary Where in the World is Osama bin Laden, CNN Presents: World's Most Wanted and Biography - Osama bin Laden found in the stash.
Okay, let's be clear, when Osama was killed in May 2011, the Navy SEAL team also found members of his family hiding out with him. It's perfectly reasonable that the cartoons could have been for his kids, while the crocheting was for his wife.
But who knows what happened in that Pakistani compound while bin Laden was hiding from the world. There were some file names that the CIA didn't include in its list, which it said was due to matters related to national security, copyright, pornography or malware.
It offers an insight into what might have been some of the 'normal' things that went on in that Abbottabad compound in the days, weeks and months leading up to his death.
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