Osama bin Laden used adult movie collection to send secret messages: report

A forthcoming documentary about cave-dwelling arch-militant Osama bin Laden suggests he used the extensive (and incongruous) adult movie collection found in the cave hideout where he was killed to send messages to his followers.

Osama bin Laden

A forthcoming documentary about cave-dwelling arch-militant Osama bin Laden suggests he used the extensive (and incongruous) adult movie collection found in the cave hideout where he was killed to send messages to his followers.

When the Navy SEALS who raided the al-Qaeda leader’s hideout to kill him in 2011 found what was reportedly a “vast collection of adult materials,” some were baffled by what they found there. Why would the fundamentalist terrorist leader have a stash of skin flicks hidden away in his cave?

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But a soon-to-be released National Geographic documentary called “Bin Laden’s Hard Drive” argues the videos were anything but the lascivious entertainment they appeared – instead, they were used to encode secret messages and orders to his followers.

The documentary in question claims bin Laden shared his last hideout with at least 22 other people, so it’s theoretically possible one of them had amassed the sizable adult film collection. Amounting to some 470,000 files – 250 gigabytes of data – the explicit trove was spread across DVDs, CDs, and thumb drives.

Though the deceased militant’s book collection has been public knowledge for some time, no details have been released as to what type of adult movies he’s said to have favored. The experts cited in the film suggest that because bin Laden did not trust email and sent messages to his followers through couriers, some of those directives were embedded in adult films.

After all, how better to foil a spy pretending to be a fundamentalist than to encode your orders in adult films? This particular theory has a certain genius, though it’s not clear there’s any evidence to back it up.

The documentary is due for release on September 10, a day before the anniversary of the worst terror attack in US history, which was pinned on bin Laden within hours of the planes crashing into New York’s Twin Towers.

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Despite having been dead for years, bin Laden’s name stubbornly remains in the news. The niece of the US-trained militant leader came forward last week to endorse President Donald Trump for reelection – even though he supposedly killed her cousin, Hamza bin Laden, Osama’s son, in a raid last year. The young man – said to be a high-ranking al-Qaeda member in his own right – was said to have been killed in an airstrike in July 2019, somewhere still unspecified on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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