Intelligence officials today unveiled five different videos of Osama bin Laden confiscated during the raid at his Pakistan compound. One of the videos shows the al Qaeda leader watching footage of himself.

Haunting and candid videos emerged of Osama bin Laden on Saturday, never-seen-before footage that provides clues into the psyche and stature of the world’s most wanted terrorist.


Officials say the new videos and other information collected from the site in Abbottabad are considered to be the most significant amount of intelligence ever collected from a senior terrorist.

The video and other intelligence show that the slain al Qaeda leader was very much in control over the network’s day-to-day operations, according to Pentagon officials briefing reporters.

One video looks like a home movie, a portrait of an old man watching television, but it is an image of a terrorist and suggests how conscious bin Laden was of his image.

Sporting a white-gray beard, bin Laden is seen sitting in front of a small television, flipping through a selection of satellite channels as he intently views video footage of himself.

A hunched Bin Laden is wearing a dark wool cap with a blanket draped around his shoulders, holding a clicker and slightly rocking in his seat in spartan surroundings.

One of the videos is a message to the United States officials believe was recorded in October or November. Officials didn’t play the audio because, they said, it would be inappropriate. In that video, bin Laden’s beard has been dyed black and he was well-composed as he delivered his message.The three other videos are practice sessions for videos he was planning to release to the world.

A senior intelligence official briefing reporters at the Pentagon said last week’s raid by U.S. forces yielded a significant amount of intelligence, and that a special federal taskforce — including members of the CIA and FBI — is combing through the material.

The official also said the DNA evidence unquestionably shows that the person shot and killed in the Pakistan compound was bin Laden.The intelligence officials said they are trying to determine what bin Laden’s death means to the future of al Qaeda and are combing through intelligence to get clues on where other top al Qaeda leaders are.

The No. 2 man in al Qaeda is Ayman al-Zawahiri; another top militant is Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S. born militant who is a leader in the group’s Yemen branch.This week, al-Awlaki eluded a drone attack in southern Yemen as security personnel continue their hunt for him.


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