Osama’s electronic data giving US new leads every hour

The United States is reportedly finding new angles of interest from the electronic data they had seized during a 40-minute operation to kill al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Last Updated: May 11, 2011, 16:51 PM IST

Washington: The United States is reportedly finding new angles of interest from the electronic data, including computers and thumb drives that their assault team had seized during a 40-minute operation to kill al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan’s Abbottabad city.

According to CBS News, the CIA on Tuesday invited members of the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees to view some data, in private.

A task force is currently working around-the-clock to analyze and exploit the “treasure trove of information”.

A US official said that the task force comes up with another intelligence nugget on the average of once an hour, including leads on everything from other terrorists leaders to how bin laden communicated with the rest of al Qaeda.

Another official revealed that bin Laden was killed “relatively early” in the operation and “at least half” the 40 minutes the Navy SEALs spent on the ground went into collecting laptops, hard drives, CDs and paper files.
Reports have surfaced that the materials gathered are being examined “at a secret location in Afghanistan”, and a ‘volume of other materials’ that would be “exploited and analyzed” has already begun to arrive at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

ANI