Seized Bin Laden documents go online

What do they say? Here's a quick look at coverage from different news outlets of documents seized in the 2011 raid in Abbottabbad, Pakistan, that led to Osama bin Laden's killing. The anniversary of his death was Wednesday.


  1. The Los Angeles Times reports a slim and tightly-controlled release of documents showed the al-Qaida leader fret about his own legacy and wanted to kill the president. It also noted what was missing from release made public today by the Combating Terrorism Center, a think tank within U.S. Military Academy at West Point: how bin Laden evaded detection just one mile from Pakistan's version of West Point, and who protected him.

  2. The AP's 'at a glance'-style article provides a few highlights of the documents released Thursday. His camp was mindful of media matters, and the letters released included feedback from an al-Qaida adviser on news outlets like Fox, CNN and ABC. ;
  3. Fox? "...falls in to the abyss" and "lacks neutrality. ABC is "all right" and CNN appears to be "closely collaborating with the U.S. government, the adviser said. In conclusion, "there is no single channel we can rely on for our messages."
  4. Below, the NYT provides a pdf of the documents released today by the military.
  5. And from Al Jazeera English: "The documents, totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic, were part of over 6,000 documents seized in last year's raid on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan."
  6. Al Jazeera also reports that the al-Qaida leader wanted to reduce attacks that led to the deaths of Muslims and instead aim efforts at the US. The article concludes "White House counter-terrorism chief John Brennan said this week that bin Laden's own words confirm that America is safer with him gone."