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May 3rd, 2012
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'Manhunt' author Peter Bergen: released raid documents could show Bin Laden was a 'micromanager' trying to control Al Qaeda

Today we're getting an inside look into the mind of Osama bin Laden and some of the big terror attacks that he was planning. That's when some of those 6,000 pages of documents that were seized during the raid on his hideout in Pakistan a year ago will be released to the public online. We're told it includes digital, audio, video files, printed materials, handwritten documents and recording devices.

Peter Bergen is the author of a new book out called "Manhunt" and he is one of the few people outside of the government that's had a chance to see some of these documents. He explains what out of the 6,000+ documents stuck out to him.

"First of all, bin Laden was quite conscious of Al Qaeda as a brand had suffered rather badly," Bergen says. "He told affiliate in Somalia not to use 'Al Qaeda' for fundraising...he was advising one of his sons to leave the Afghanistan tribal regions where the drones were focused to move to Qatar, which is one of the safest places in the Middle East. So at the same time he's calling for young men to do a holy war, he was basically telling his own son to get out of dodge. It's bin Laden unplugged. He had no idea these memos would end up in the hands of the CIA."

See more from his interview here.


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