From Tom and Jerry to Hamza Bin Laden’s wedding footage: Everything CIA has released about Osama Bin Laden


The CIA has released hundreds of thousands of new documents, images, and computer files recovered during the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad.

Many videos, documents, footage were recovered from the computers and other devices of Osama Bin Laden who was killed in a raid by American Army Officials in Pakistan few years ago.

The images, videos and other documents that were released by CIA are as follows:

Hamza Bin Laden’s Wedding Video

A video of Hamza bin Laden found among the Abbottabad files recently released by the CIA yesterday has been making rounds on the internet.

The video shows Hamza bin Laden wearing a traditional white headdress, at what seems to be his wedding ceremony where he consents to his marriage. It goes on to show the all male wedding party move to another room where the groom and his companions are seen surrounded by fruits and sweets to celebrate the occasion.

hbl-1509617743In the video, a man refers to Osama bin Laden when he mentions the father of the groom and goes on to dub him “the prince of the mujahideen” who is not seen but reported to be happy at his marriage.

While this is the first time the public has been able to see what Hamza bin Laden looks like, al-Qaeda has occasionally released audio messages reportedly recorded by him. For example, in an audio message in August 2015, Hamza pays homage his father the ‘martyr’ and his older brother Khalid, who died trying to defend their father, and asks militants around the world to “strike from Kabul to Baghdad, from Gaza to Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv”.

One year later, in a diatribe entitled “We are all Osama,” he called for vengeance, warning: “If you think you will not be held accountable for the crime in Abbottabad, you are mistaken.”

Hamza is widely considered a major player in the global militant movement in the future, especially as al-Qaeda’s main rival militant group, ISIS, suffers crippling setbacks in it’s Middle Eastern strongholds.

Osama Bin Laden’s Youtube Obsession

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently released a collection of files acquired from Osama bin Laden; from Tom and Jerry cartoons to crochet instructional videos to beheading films, his computer had a peculiar mix of everything.

For example, he had one video of the beheading of Jack Hensley, a 49-year-old American beheaded in Iraq in 2004. But then again, Laden even had Hollywood movies like AntzCarsHeroes of TomorrowChicken Little and Resident Evil. While it is possible that kids were watching some of these movies in the compound, it is difficult not to imagine Bin Laden himself sitting alone and cracking up to scenes from Chicken Little.

And among the compilation of 40 odd videos, just as expected was a video we knew Bin Laden would naturally gravitate towards:

And this:


And even this:

On the other hand, the list also had videos of beheadings and IED films:

Bin Laden also had a video debunking 9/11 video on his computer:

Bin Laden’s Confession for Iran being the top funding resource for Al-Qaeda

One 19-page file in the cache of documents contains a senior al-Qaeda militant’s analysis of the group’s relationship with Iran.

According to the author’s version of events in the 19-page dossier, Iran had offered some ‘Saudi nationals’ of al Qaeda all the support they needed in terms of ‘money’, ‘arms’ and ‘training’ at Hezbollah camps in Lebanon, in exchange for targeting installations of American interest in the Gulf region.

The document also alleges that Iranian intelligence agencies arranged the travel of some operatives, and provided shelter to others. Abu Hafs alMauritani, a radical with considerable influence in militant circles, helped facilitate the provision of safe houses for his al-Qaeda colleagues inside Iran.

Released files also detail that Iran and al-Qaeda have not always been the best of friends, and were initially very suspicious of each other. The militant organisation also wrote a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, demanding the release of al-Qaeda family members who were in Iranian custody at the time.

Ever since 2011, high ranking US government officials have condemned al-Qaeda’s ‘core facilitation pipeline’ inside Iran, and sources say these statements were partly based on the Abbottabad files released yesterday.

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