ODNI Releases Trove of Documents Discovered in Osama bin Laden Raid

By Cody M. Poplin
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 1:02 PM

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence today released a new set of documents recovered during the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011.

The release contains two sections: 1) a list of non-classified, English-language material found in and around the compound; and 2) a selection of now-declassified documents. The declassified documents consist of 103 new items, including letters, speeches, and updates from al Qaeda leaders and affiliates.

"Bin Laden's Bookshelf" includes 39 English language books including America's Strategic Blunders by Williard Matthias, Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins, Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomskyand The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy. The declassified list of documents also includes media articles from prominent American outlets, think tank studies, software and technical manuals, and 75 publicly available U.S. government documents.