The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have just made public a stack of information recovered from Osama Bin Laden’s computers, and what we found is more bizarre than we could have imagined.
The computer was picked up during the 2011 raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, and the files include images, audio, video and Bin Laden’s journal.
Among those files are some you would never expect to see on a computer owned by the former head of al-Qaeda.
Oh my god I'm going to spend all day looking at these bin Laden files pic.twitter.com/Qt6uz2A98K
— Aric Toler (@AricToler) November 1, 2017
So…Osama bin Laden had a Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars ROM, save file, and no$gba emulator on his computer. Mind blowing. pic.twitter.com/z2LgPgLg5F
— Kellan (@kellanstec) November 1, 2017
— PCGamesN (@PCGamesN) November 1, 2017
When it comes to cartoons, what we do know is that the Bin Laden family were massive Tom and Jerry fans.
The list of files contains over a hundred videos of the cat and mouse going at it. Maybe Bin Laden saw some of his own life in there? After all, the guy did spend a lot of time hiding in holes, much like Jerry.
Or maybe he just wanted the kids to leave him alone while he did terrorist mastermind stuff.
YouTube videos include the classic “Charlie bit my finger” and one called “_Funy_cats”. Viral and cat videos? So Bin Laden was human after all. That’s the banality of evil, folks.
It turns out the Bin Laden’s were also into crochet. There are several videos such as “Art of Crochet by Teresa”, “How to Crochet a Basket” and “Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap Hat”. Maybe they were making their own hats?
I wonder how Teresa Warrior feels about her newly discovered fan?
One of Bin Laden’s favourite topics might have been himself. The list includes several videos and documentaries about him including Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
He probably got a kick out of watching that.
Interestingly, the computer also contained Loose Change 2, which is an indie documentary that purports 9/11 was an inside job.
bin laden watching loose change in his compound is the punchline to all of history https://t.co/J7qLqH6qga
— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) November 1, 2017
Experts told The Washington Post that Bin Laden was likely pretty bored and spent a lot of time watching stuff, including porn. His porn list was not included in the release and is presumably top secret.
“When you study terrorist groups, that’s always what’s striking to people, the kind of quirky, human side of them,” one expert told The Post.
“They’ll have lots of pornography, like men all over the world. A lot of the documents are complaining about bureaucracies. What’s wrong with the fax machine. They’re involved in the same sort of organisational problems of bureaucracies that we all have. In some cases, a lot worse.”
After the 9/11 attacks Bin Laden had to go into hiding and was basically a prisoner in his own compound.
The CIA said that the release was made in an effort to enhance public understanding of al-Qaeda. You can view the full list here.