Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Posted Bin Laden Documents

As nearly every news source has reported, West Point's Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) this morning posted 17 documents seized from the Abottabad compound.  They are numbered SOCOM-2012-0000003 to SOCOM-2012-0000019.  You can download them as zip files here or individually from the CTC's Harmony Program here and the CTC's summary of the documents is here. I have also added the SOCOM documents to the Captured Documents Index.

The small number of documents released, which the CTC's own report - "Letters from Abbottabad" - characterizes as "only a fraction" of the seized documents, is a bit disappointing.  This has led to, and will lead to more, complaints (whether accurate or not) that the released documents were carefully cherry-picked to support a certain narrative about Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

Interestingly, the CTC also posted some newly public AFGP Harmony documents that are cited in its report, which I link to below for convenience and have also added to the Captured Documents Index.