Published Nov 01, 2017Today (November 1), the CIA released a whopping 470,000 computer files discovered at Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad following a Navy SEAL raid in 2011. In addition to the terrorist leader's diary and a great deal of anti-American propaganda, Bin Laden's hard drives contained a bizarre amount of cartoons.
The files, which are available to browse (and, at your own risk, download) here, have been organized between images, videos, audio files and program files.
In the video section, one will note an alarming amount of Tom & Jerry and Pink Panther cartoons. Further, Bin Laden was apparently a fan of claymation as he has copies of Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death and a Shaun the Sheep movie.
Bin Laden's modern animation tastes were not exclusive to Aardman, however, as he also had copies of Ice Age: Scrat's Missing Adventure: Gone Nutty and an obscure 2009 film called Pigeon Impossible.
According to the CIA, a number of files were not included because they were either corrupted, pornographic in nature or carried too many copyright issues to release. They list off some of those files, which include copies of Antz, Batman: Gotham Knight, Cars, Chicken Little, Final Fantasy VII, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Resident Evil and, in a somewhat meta turn, a copy of the Morgan Spurlock documentary Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?
The audio section of the leak also includes some cinematic oddities, including WAV files named after Andy McDowell and Bruce Willis.
The full file dump is available here.