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Coming Up: Bin Laden Documents To Go Online

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
May 3, 2012

Reminder: At 9 a.m. ET, West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center is scheduled to post online “a number of documents” from the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Ladin was killed one year ago. It will include English translations and add “a short report contextualizing the documents.”

More than 6,000 such documents — mostly on storage devices — were seized during the raid by Navy SEALs. CNN’s Peter Bergen, who reviewed several hundred of the documents while researching his book Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden From 9/11 to Abbottabad, says they:

“Paint a portrait of a man who was simultaneously an inveterate micromanager but was also someone almost delusional in his belief that his organization could still force a change in American foreign policies in the Muslim world if only he could get another big attack organized inside the United States — something some of his subordinates were quite skeptical about given al-Qaida’s diminished capabilities.”

Several hundred pages’ worth of material are expected to be made available.

We will update this post with news from the documents after they’re available. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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