Disturbing revelations about Bin Laden’s relationship with Iran have been revealed in newly released CIA document.
As reported in Breitbart
The CIA has finally published much of the previously unreleased data taken from al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden’s computer during the 2011 raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Among the most interesting revelations are details of Iran’s collusion with al-Qaeda and bin Laden’s citation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a formative influence on his political thought.
Some of the revelations are darkly amusing, such as evidence that one of history’s greatest monsters might have been an avid video game player, anime fan, and consumer of online pornography in his hideout. He also seems to have been interested in viral YouTube videos and crackpot conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks. The CIA said some of this material was not previously released because it includes bootleg copies of copyrighted material.
A reasonable caveat to keep in mind is that all of this data was pulled from bin Laden’s network, so it was not necessarily his personal game collection or porn stash. That might throw some cold water on the dreams of gamers who hope they blew bin Laden away a few times in Counter-Strike matches.
More clearly authentic are such items as bin Laden’s handwritten personal journal. The Long War Journal (LWJ) cites passages that indicate bin Laden hoped al-Qaeda could capitalize on the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings to expand its influence. He mentioned venerable cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is based in Qatar, as someone he thought could be helpful in turning the Arab Spring to al-Qaeda’s advantage. He also spoke approvingly of Qatar’s Al-Jazeera network, which he said, “carries the banner of revolutions.” Qaradawi and Al-Jazeera are major points of contention in the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Gulf Cooperation Council states.
The documents also clearly indicate bin Laden was actively involved in directing al-Qaeda at the time of his death, contrary to early reports that he was effectively retired and living in seclusion.
The data trove includes debates between bin Laden and al-Qaeda leaders over policy matters and clear evidence he was actively monitoring America’s involvement in the Middle East. “One of his minions even translated sections of Bob Woodward’s 2010 book, Obama’s Wars, so that he could understand the Obama administration’s strategy for those conflicts,” the Long War Journal reports.
Also released were audio messages of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden, who has been groomed by al-Qaeda as heir to his father’s terrorist throne. Video clips of Hamza’s wedding were recovered, which is significant because al-Qaeda has taken pains to avoid revealing what he looks like as an adult.
Equally significant is the apparent location of the wedding: Iran. An analysis of the video from Long War Journal’s Thomas Joscelyn notes that Hamza bin Laden was technically in Iranian custody until 2010 but does not seem to regard himself as a prisoner in letters he wrote to his father. Furthermore, Hamza reported being mentored in the ways of jihad by several senior al-Qaeda men who were supposedly in detention in Iran.
Osama bin Laden, in turn, told all three of his sons that “Iranians are not to be trusted” and fretted that they might have bugged members of his family.
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