May 7th, 2011
03:30 PM ET

Candid videos emerge of Osama bin Laden

Intelligence officials on Saturday unveiled five different videos of Osama bin Laden that were confiscated from the raid by U.S. forces at his Pakistan compound, which left the al Qaeda leader and four others dead.

One video looks suggests how conscious bin Laden was of his image. Sporting a white-gray beard, a dark wool cap and a blanket draped around his shoulders, he is seen sitting in front of a small television, flipping through a selection of satellite channels as he intently views video footage of himself.

Another video is a message to the United States officials believe was recorded in October or November. In that video, bin Laden's beard has been dyed black and he was well-composed as he delivered his message. The three other videos are practice sessions for videos he was planning to release to the world.

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The intelligence official said audio was removed from the videos because it would be "inappropriate to spread the words of terrorists and propaganda messages, especially Osama bin Laden." Otherwise, the videos were not altered, according to the official.

Officials say the new videos collected from the site in Abbottabad are a small slice of the haul considered to be the most significant amount of intelligence ever collected from a senior terrorist. The official also said the DNA evidence unquestionably shows that the person shot and killed in the Pakistan compound was bin Laden.

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  1. Lasantha Pethiyagoda

    There's so much hocus pocus in world politics that most people will feel they will never know the truth about anything after a while. Myths are created and maintained to deceive the gullible public and control their emotions in politically expedient ways, so that false flag operations can be mounted at will, to justify one atrocity or another. Imagine the millions of civilians that were deliberately killed in one-sided "wars" and there is never any accountability. Of course if an "evil" man gives some of it back, having outlived his usefulness to the same masters, the whole species is villified!

    May 14, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel

    Why does bin Laden look like an Assadian king? He's going way back with that look. How, barbaric of him... I find it sassy.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Albert

    I wonder why the bin laden in this video looks pretty different from the earlier pics. Looks *way younger* not just dyed hair but actual younger skin. The plum in this cheeks is much higher as if artificially planted.

    Somehow the video is not entirely convincing to me.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
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