Osama bin Laden files prompt new scrutiny

The al Qaeda terrorists are keenly aware America is watching.

Washington: Everyone Osama bin Laden ever
wrote to, spoke to or even mentioned in the volumes of
correspondence seized from his Pakistan hideout is under new
scrutiny, US officials say.

Surveillance has been stepped up on possible terrorist
targets around the world, as intelligence experts near the end
of decrypting and translating material seized from the bin
Laden compound.

The trove of material has helped fill in the blanks on
how known al Qaeda operatives work and think, and where they
fit in the organisation.

The CIA and other US counter terror agencies have
sharpened their focus on some midlevel members of the group
who they now believe may be more important than originally
thought, after reading their exchanges with their fallen

The al Qaeda terrorists are keenly aware America is
watching, and one official said at least two changed travel
plans to avoid becoming the target of another Navy SEAL raid
or some other form of US counterterrorist action.

The increased surveillance is the result of five weeks
of round-the-clock work by a CIA-led team of data analysts,
cyber experts and translators, who are "95 per cent done"
decrypting and translating the material and expect to finish
by mid-June, according to two US officials.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity to
describe the ongoing review of the now-classified bin Laden


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