Secret Documents Seized From UBL Raid
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- Date May 3, 2012
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We obtained -- this copy the report by the West Point combating terrorism center.
About an hour ago we've been poring through it so far what we know is that there are seventeen documents and -- 175 pages of bin Laden's writings -- correspondence.
-- in Arabic he sees some of them there they -- date range in date from September of 06.
To April of 2011 -- just on the eve of the raid by the seals.
And what's key here in the letters is that you see that he was corresponding with really the who's who.
Of al-Qaeda outside of Pakistan he was talking to the American Adam -- -- he was also talking to leaders.
Of the al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia also the al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen and also the head of the Pakistani Taliban.
So this really it really reinforces the reporting we've been doing here -- fox over the last year.
The bin Laden was isolated in the compound.
But he was really very much a micro manager trying to shore up these different affiliates -- just based on what -- -- -- bill it doesn't look like it there were released sacrificing any secrets in the sense.
That this has been pretty widely reported since the raid one of the main headlines was caught my attention this morning in the writings is that spot -- -- -- was extremely frustrated.
With the affiliates especially al-Qaeda in Iraq for a suicide bombing campaign that he killed so many innocent let's look so -- got a quote here from the letter.
In 2010 where bin Laden was really suggesting that al-Qaeda to turn the page reads in part.
I plan to release a statement announcing that we are starting a new -- to correct the mistakes we made.
In doing so we shall reclaim god willing the trust of a large segment of those who lost their trust.
In the -- -- The other bottom line so far.
Is this idea that there were different schools of thought on how bin Laden should really relate to these affiliates.
In Yemen Somalia North Africa.
Adam good -- Americans felt that the court leadership a key issue -- -- -- associate themselves from these groups.
Groups there's another school of thought that they should try and to build them leverage them -- two.
Broaden their base.
And bin Laden had at a different school of thought he felt that he would continue to advised them even though it -- that advice was falling on deaf ears it's fascinating stuff.