On Saturday (May 7), the Obama administration released five home videos taken from Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout. The tapes were seized along with other data in the raid in which Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces.
The collection of clips shows, among other things, the leader watching footage of himself on a small TV. Another is a previously unreleased “message to the American people” in which the now-dead al Qaeda leader stands in front of a blue backdrop and condemns capitalism.
No audio — and no transcript — was released along with the clips. A senior administration official tells The Washington Post that the government didn’t want to give Bin Laden a propaganda platform after his death.
The release of the tapes comes after the White House’s decision to not release photos of the dead al Qaeda leader.
Watch more of the Bin Laden home videos at The New York Times.