Washington, Nov 02 (Only Kashmir): The civilian foreign intelligence service of the United States federal government Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has revealed that the founder of al-Qaeda Osama Bin Laden had kept a close watch on the developments in Kashmir. The CIA today released 470,000 additional files seized in May 2011 when US Navy SEALs burst into the Abbottabad compound and shot dead Laden.
The documents revealed that Laden closely followed news related to the arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Headley and was a regular reader of some of the top Indian publications. The CIA released 470,000 additional files seized in May 2011 when US Navy SEALs burst into the Abbottabad compound and shot dead Laden.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the 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 the terrorist organisation.
The files include Laden’s son’s wedding video and diaries left by the Saudi-born militant. The documents revealed that Laden closely followed news related to the arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Headley and was a regular reader of some of the top publications.
An article ‘Fears of air-borne terrorists strikes in India, UK’ published in Sri Lanka Guardian was also found in a separate file on Laden’s computer. A PTI story, ‘Al-Qaeda helping Taliban to destabilise Pak Government: Gates’, dated February 9, 2010, was also found on Laden’s computer.
Another article found on Laden’s computer was about the coded communications between Headley and his HuJI links. Laden also saved on his computer another PTI article, titled: ‘India to send magistrate to US to record Headley’s statement’. Laden highlighted in yellow some portion of the article titled ‘Pak Major handled Headley’s India recce’, published on March 16, 2010.
The CIA said 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 file.
Via Only Kashmir