Podcast: Sifting through Osama bin Laden’s terrorist treasure trove

On Nov. 21st, the editors of FDD’s Long War Journal were featured as guests on the debut episode of a new podcast from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) titled Foreign Podicy. The show, hosted by FDD president and founder Cliff May, focused on the CIA’s recent monumental release of 407,000 files from the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Editors Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn, who received an exclusive look at the documents, detailed the lessons learned and connections made from sifting through the files.

On the show, Roggio and Joscelyn highlighted the details surrounding Osama bin Laden’s motivations and leadership of Al Qaeda, the revelatory new images of Osama’s son and heir-apparent Hamza bin Laden, the connections found between Al Qaeda and Iran, Pakistan’s devious relationship with extremist groups throughout the region, and what was inside Osama bin Laden’s personal journal.

You can listen to the full Foreign Podicy episode featuring the editors of FDD’s Long War Journal below:

Foreign Podicy is a podcast project by FDD focused on the most consequential foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States today. You can learn more about the show on their web site. You can also subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

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  • Ron says:

    Ok, I listen to Mr. Roggio and Mr Joscelyn on the John Batchelor Show every Monday so I’m familiar with the Al Qaeda – Iran connection. But if I read the linked article from The American Conservative they have a completely different take. So who is right?

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  • Debbie says:

    Is there anything in it that would have provided actionable intel, or give insight into thinking that would have allowed us to be a move or 2 head of them, if released earlier

  • Verneoz says:

    Because Obama, CIA, & the DOD were not playing the information warfare game, OBL’s demise was not used to the advantage of US interests. What should happened was taking excerpts of OBL’s treasure trove of pornography and child porn & other negative information should have been planted as disinformation into middle east news papers. This would have reviled Muslim imams, scholars & the public at large; and reduced the incentives for recruitment. The US is still not in the information warfare game. BTW, where are those Commander Solo aircraft, and what are they doing?


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