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. meee

    This is useless news. .he is dead and gone move on to current events

    May 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Caesar

    These are current and ongoing events. (duh)

    May 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Nuke Islam.
    Nuke 'em all.

    May 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    Is it real ? Or is it Memorex ?

    May 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. annie


    May 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Caesar

    He's dead. We buried him at sea in an most honorable fashion as if he were a hero. We washed his body and wrapped it in linen in a religious ceremony that lasted over an hour. OBL was buried with full military honors, and rightly so if you know the truth about 911. (otherwise, his honorable burial that cost taxpayers how many millions? would make no sense whatsover)

    May 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    The true Ussama bin Laden has most probably been dead for the last 9 years and the clowns in the Navy Seals who murdered this dude did so to cover that up. I wonder if any of these videos are true at all. Besides,why would anybody have themselves taped looking at a videotape on tv? It seems phoney to me!!!

    May 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Caesar Chavez

    I will knock you out homey. (pretty good huh? he he. If that raises your eyebrows (Cesar), then examining the evidence presented to federal judges in hopes of securing an indictment against him must of had your eyebrows saying "hello" to the back of your head.

    May 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. michaelfury

    May 9, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. HelenHull102951

    Let's cut to the chase, no fu-king middle-eastern country can be trusted... I say "NUKE THE WHOLE MIDDLE-EAST BEFORE THEY GET THE FIRST SHOT OFF"!! Also get EVERY muslim out of the US, then do the same with EVERY filthy wetback from mexico and South America,"BRING OUR TROOPS HOME/STRENGHTEN OUR BORDERS AND SCREW THE REST OF THE",,, Take care of ourselves first, we have evrything we need to sustain AMERICA and it's people.

    May 9, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Anton

    LOL! Who is the guy in the video? Does the CIA think people will believe this BS?

    May 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    What a croc. Yet again, the U.S. government is withholding evidence. Very convenient to "scrub audio" because it portrays inappropriate messages, to refuse to give the names of message boards, to refuse photos, and to claim burial at sea, even though that is not a Muslim tradition for this kind of death. Is anyone else tired of all the lying this fiasco has caused?

    May 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ???

    you can show 3 of the 4 men that died in that attack but WHY CANT YOU SHOW OSAMA BIN LADENS BODY???????????? we need proof. i guess if will be awhile to get that photo like umm lets say a certain birth certificate. just saying!

    May 11, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. B.Viator

    Doubts still exist for his death. Let's wait and see if we hear from him again.

    May 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    I just listened to the second CNN reporter in two days refer to "Obama Bin Laden." Can I be expected to believe that professional word smiths are unable to distinguish between the president of the United States and the terrorist? Perhaps CNN is targeting the Fox new market share?

    May 12, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
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