Osama bin Laden 'hid encrypted messages in porn videos for Al-Qaeda pals'

Terror leader Osama bin Laden may have secretly encrypted messages in porn videos to communicate with his Al-Qaeda associates.

A new National Geographic special, Bin Laden’s Hard Drive, explores digital and written materials recovered by Navy Seals when Osama was killed at a compound on May 2, 2012.

Presenter Peter Bergen – the first Western journalist to interview Laden on TV – has examined  whether pornography found at the compound were used for communicating with extremists.

According to hand-written letters, Laden was terrified of using email as a means of communication because that encryption ‘could not be trusted.’

But it is thought Laden used covert measures to communicate with acolytes, including burying messages in porn files.



As odd as this may seem, Laden could have avoided detection by concealing commands within the sinful content he reportedly despised.

Forensic psychologist and CIA expert Reid Meloy suggests in the special that for all his claims of righteous piousness, bin Laden may have just been a normal man.

This means Laden may have indulged in acts of self-gratification, such as watching pornography.



The documentary explores the mystery around the videos, as Laden didn’t have internet at his compound or a even computer.

He did have a number of TVs, but it is unclear how the material came to be in his possession in the first place.

Laden also lived in the compound with an estimated 22 others, so it is unknown if the videos even belonged to the terror leader.



In June 2017, the CIA said it would not release the files due to the ‘nature of their contents.

Investigators also declined to divulge details of precisely what kinds of kinks the videos contain.

The discovery of the files does speak to extremist hypocrisy as watching porn clashed with his fundamentalist image.

Memes, home videos and pirated songs and films were also found in the compound.

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