He may have been dead for nine years, but the digital footprint of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden is only just being uncovered in a new documentary.
The al-Qaeda leader was 54-years-old when he was hunted down by US Navy Seals and shot dead in a home in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Authorities seized more than 100 USB drives, CDs and DVDs from the compound where the terrorist organiser was killed.
While five computers and several cell phones were also uncovered – with almost 470,000 files comprising 250GB of data being taken as evidence.
It has been reported the files, footage and digital information captured alongside bin Laden’s dead body included scores of hardcore porn films.
Some reports have suggested the porn may have contained hidden messages within them, intended to be smuggled to his supporters.
While Australia’s Daily Telegraph suggests the discovery of porn suggests Bin Laden “may have just been a hypocrite who liked watching smut films while telling everyone else it was forbidden”.
However, a new National Geographic documentary, titled Bin Laden’s Hard Drive, has offered to shine light on the information uncovered at the terrorist’s hideout.
Hosted by CNN analyst Peter Bergen, the documentary aired in the US last week – with the evidence seen as a key part of uncovering the inner thinking of potential future terrorist leaders.
The documentary paints Bin Laden himself as a paranoid wreck, deteriorating the longer he remained in hiding with hard drives showing he collated hundreds of news reports and documentaries about himself.
The Daily Mail quotes documentary host Mr Bergen stating: “Osama bin Laden’s files left behind an imprint of a complex man, responsible for the murder of thousands of people.
“History will remember him for that but, in order to cut through the perception of this ascetic in a cave on a holy crusade, it’s important for us to see how he crafted the videos that went out to his followers.
“To read how his well-educated wives helped him write incendiary speeches.
“To watch as he inculcated his children and grandchildren into an ideology of hate leading to acts of violence against animals and the recitation of jihadist poetry.”
The documentary also uncovered contradictions about the terrorist organiser.
His porn stash is regarded as at odds of his apparent beliefs about women – as he would reportedly complain to news stations about employing female newscasters.
Bin Laden’s Hard Drive is a documentary by National Geographic which aired on September 10 in the US.