Updated 4:04 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released what it called “a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin.” A sorted list of those materials appears in a slick web production on the ODNI’s website entitled “Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf.”
What Was Released
Among the materials made public were previously classified documents, non-classified documents, and a trove of English-language materials found at Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound following his death in a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2011. That includes letters, public American government documents, religious sermons, scholarly books written in English, and several digital issues of Foreign Policy, in addition to maps, dictionaries, and a suicide-prevention guide (which the ODNI believes was for someone else in the house).
What It Reveals
As NBC News noted, the library offers titles “that indulged [bin Laden’s] interest in conspiracy theories about the United States” as well as books that were critical of American foreign policy. Offerings from MIT linguist Noam Chomsky, a book about the Illuminati, a conspiratorial and anti-Semitic tract about the global banking system, Bob Woodward’s Obama’s Wars, and an alternative history of September 11th were also logged.