The Navy SEALs who raided Osama bin Laden's hideout Sunday tapped into the "mother lode of intelligence," according to a U.S. official speaking to Politico. It took only seconds to kill bin Laden. Afterwards, the spec-ops forces gathered memory sticks, personal computers, CDs, DVDs and hard drives from his compound before lifting off. What can we expect to gain from this information and how is it being processed? Here's what intelligence officials have leaked to the press so far:
Financial Support Information Is Key Being able to track Al-Qaeda's money trail is one of the most attractive prospects of the new data trove, report Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross at ABC News. "Wealthy financiers whose donations helped support the bin Laden terror network now have reason to be nervous," they write. A senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations tells ABC that Al-Qaeda's support generally comes from a handful of deep-pocketed donors. "If people have been giving money, and they don't know yet whether their name is being identified in this intelligence, or that their name might be on a list of potential donors, they might have real reason to worry."