US declassifies Bin Laden raid documents

US intelligence declassifies documents found in Navy SEAL raid that killed Bin Laden

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United States declassified more than hundreds of documents, and dozens of book titles that have been found in deceased Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s compound during the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed him.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released the documents and list of other literary material dubbed “Bin Laden’s Bookshelf” and said: “The Intelligence Community will be reviewing hundreds more documents in the near future for possible declassification and release.”

Newly declassified 103 items are mostly letters written to other Al Qaeda operatives and family members, guidelines of operation for members of his group, and policy notes.

ODNI released 39 book titles mostly about US foreign policy, international relations, guerilla tactics and sociological analysis as well as religious books.

The list of books includes titles such as “Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies” by Noam Chomsky, "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers" by Paul Kennedy and “Obama’s Wars” by Bob Woodward.

The declassification came just a week after an investigative journalist Seymour Hersh  claimed that Bin Laden had in fact been held captive by the Pakistan’s military intelligence service, ISI, since 2006 until his death in 2011, challenging the official account of the US government about former Al Qaeda leader.

US government rejected the allegations made by Hersh in an article in London Review of Books.

ODNI said the release was made according to the requirements of “2014 Intelligence Authorization Act” and “aligns with the president’s call for increased transparency.”

TRTWorld and agencies