Monday, January 9, 2012

More Seized Bin Laden Docs are in Pakistan Custody

Several recent reports out of Pakistan indicate that 187,000 documents were recovered by the Pakistani government from the Abottabad compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011.  These would appear to be separate from the documents seized by U.S. forces.

Some reports indicate that the  Abbottabad Commission, which is tasked with investigating the U.S. military operation, retrieved the documents from the compound. Other reports indicate that the documents were in the custody of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) and the Abottabad Commission has sought access to them.

The documents reportedly "include bin Laden's diaries, correspondence and other important material in black and white" as well as "five computer discs."  The Abottabad Commission ordered that the documents, which are reportedly "in Pashto, Persian, French, Arabic and other languages," be translated "into Urdu and English to learn more about the al-Qaeda network and its operations."