A second set of Osama Bin Laden documents have been released by U.S. authorities, including what is purported to be his will and letters written to family members, as reported by the Guardian.
ABC Television and Reuters were reported to have been given exclusive access to the newly released documents obtained during the May, 2011-raid on Bin Laden’s Abottabad, Pakistan compound that resulted in the al-Qeada leader’s death. It is believed that Bin Laden lived in the Abottabad compound for about five years before being discovered by U.S. authorities.
Shortly after the raid in 2011, a first set of documents was made available to the public, which revealed that Bin Laden read the writing of Noam Chomsky, Bob Woodward, and Paul Kennedy with Yale University, as reported by the Guardian.
The latest documents show that Osama Bin Laden was planning more attacks, as well as media events coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The 2008-subprime mortgage debacle and climate change were also reported to be issues that the terrorist leader considered.
“In regard to the money that is in Sudan, it is about 29 million dollars,” a document believed to be a will drafted by Bin Laden in the 1990s is reported to state. “I have received one-million one-hundred thousand in Sudan, eight-hundred thousand in Jalalabad, and then about one-million two-hundred fifty-thousand in Qandahar. I received twelve million dollars from my brother Abu Bakir Muhammad Bin… for Investment in Sudan.”
It appears that it was Osama Bin Laden’s wish that the majority of his assets, which he had left in Sudan, and which he is thought to have had difficulty accessing after the September 11 attacks, be used toward furthering “jihad.” A small amount of gold was directed to be distributed to his children, his mother, an uncle, an aunt, and his aunt and uncle’s children.
Another document is reported to show Bin Laden express concern that his wife had received dental work in Iran.
“The size of the chip is about the length of a grain of wheat and the width of a fine piece of vermicelli,” Bin Laden was reported to have written to one of his wives, referring to a tracking chip that could be inserted in her dental work. The letter included instructions for his wife to destroy it after it had been read.
In another letter, Bin Laden expressed similar concern that a tracking chip may be present in a suitcase that was used to transport a ransom payment related to an Afghani hostage being held by al-Qaeda at the time.
“It is important to get rid of the suitcase in which the funds are delivered, due to the possibility of it having a tracking chip in it.”
Other revelations include Bin Laden’s instructions that al-Qaeda operatives located in Peshawar only venture outside on cloudy days, out of fear of U.S. drone strikes, and that four al-Qaeda volunteers, who were executed on suspicion of betraying the terrorist organization, were most likely innocent of the accusations.
Bin Laden also wrote a letter to his father asking for him to pardon his actions, “if I have done what you did not like,” as well as asking that he take responsibility for his children and wives upon his death.
Though the released documents are reported to underline dwindling al-Qaeda ranks and resources in Bin Laden’s final days, he continued to hold on to a hope of returning the terrorist organization to its pre-9/11 strength.
Osama Bin Laden was described as becoming “out of touch” with the realities of al-Qaeda’s abilities in the days and months leading up to his death by an anonymous U.S. intelligence official.
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