- The CIA released a list of files found on Osama bin Laden’s computer when they raided his compound.
- Some of them may have belonged to his family, who lived with him.
- Bin Laden seems to have watched “Charlie bit My Finger,” a hoax documentary about 9/11, and liked himself some memes.
The CIA recently released a trove of nearly 470,000 files found on Osama bin Laden’s computer, which were seized in the 2011 raid on his Abbottabad compound. Bin Laden, they discovered, liked memes.
The organization found a bunch of memes, apparently pirated movies — like “Antz,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” and a documentary titled “Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?” (he knew) — a lot of video games, and even crocheting guides.
It’s important to note that bin Laden was living with his family in the compound, so some of the files were likely downloaded by his relatives. The CIA is also withholding “materials that are sensitive such that their release would directly damage efforts to keep the nation secure” and pornography.
But what we’re really interested in are the memes and viral videos. Here’s what was found:
Osama bin Laden had “Charlie Bit My Finger” saved on his computer.
It was the hottest video of 2007. Bin Laden apparently didn’t clean out his computer for four years.
He also had a fake documentary about how 9/11 may have been an inside job.
Viral videos aren’t always fun. The most dangerous one was a repeatedly-debunked “documentary” called “Loose Change,” which spread online way back in 2005 on Google Videos.
It’s more than a little strange that bin Laden had it on his computer, considering he founded the organization that planned the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
He had a lot of pornographic video games.
One of the weirder corners of the web are gaming enthusiasts who, like, really
like video games. So much so that they independently develop pornographic versions of them. Pornographic video games even constitute a gaming sub-genre.
Someone in the bin Laden household, it seems, was a part of this subculture. A lot of bootleg pornographic anime video games were found on his computer. Many of them are very NSFW.
It looks like he may have known something about a viral Stephen A. Smith tweet.
Among the internet’s most enduring mysteries is what Stephen A. Smith happened to be tweeting about on May 26, 2015.
The sports commentator tweeted “TAke a look, y’all.” But instead of uploading the image itself, so everyone can take a look, he just added “IMG_4346.jpeg.”
Years later, no one knows what the image was supposed to be.
But it’s possible that bin Laden did.
INSIDER couldn’t independently verify the contents of the image file, because the CIA has taken down the index of files from its website. So, for now, Smith’s tweet remains a mystery.
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