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Bin Laden watched a 9/11 truther video and saved "asss" GIFs

Some of the documents give insight into Al Qaeda’s relationship with Iran; others, like pages from Osama Bin Laden’s personal journal, give insight into the terrorist’s personal life. But perhaps most intimate and revealing are the files showing the...

by Alexa Liautaud and Gabrielle Bluestone
Nov 1 2017, 6:56pm

The terrorist once labeled the “world’s most wanted man” appears to have hidden more than just his location during his lifetime.

The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday released a trove of 470,000 documents recovered from Osama bin Laden’s computer during the raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.

Some of the documents give insight into al Qaeda’s relationship with regional powers, including possibly Iran; others, like pages from bin Laden’s journal, give insight into the terrorist’s personal life and childhood. But perhaps most intimate and revealing are the files showing the terror mastermind collected movies like “Antz” and kept at least one file called “asss.gif” on his hard drive.

Just about the only thing we don’t know for sure is what kind of pornography he was storing — CIA Director Mike Pompeo said ahead of the release that any pornography or copyrighted material would be withheld. (BroBible tried to FOIA these documents but was not successful.) But we were able to glean more-mundane revelations.

For example, bin Laden lived in the compound with women and children, so we can’t say for sure his preferences included these animated films, but we also can’t say they didn’t:

  • Ice Age
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Wallace and Gromit
  • Chicken Little
  • Antz
  • Cars
  • Shaun the Sheep
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Bin Laden also appeared to enjoy internet videos, storing close to 200 YouTube files that included:

  • “Charlie bit my finger”
  • “Funny Cats” videos
  • “Amazing_Animated_Optical_Illusions!”
  • Mr. Bean with Pashto subtitles
  • “The Complete Arabic Alphabet”
  • A host of generic YouTube videos and ringtones
  • And of course footage of attacks and beheadings

Bin Laden also had a penchant for biographical content and had a 9/11 truther video on his computer, Gizmodo reported.

The man’s files also suggest he loved to smile:

Bin Laden, or perhaps someone else in that compound, also had a passion for crochet — more than 30 crochet videos appear in the cache of filings, including:

  • “The Art of Crochet by Teresa Radian Crochet Butterfly”
  • “How to Crochet a Basket”
  • “Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap”
  • “Crochet Star”

And though Pompeo assserted the CIA would withhold pornography, some documents had file names that speak for themselves: