Security 2 November 2017 What we learned about Osama bin Laden from the contents of his computer A look into the psyche of what was once the world’s most wanted man. Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The CIA has released nearly half a million files that were seized in the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound. Videos, audio files, images, and documents are among the thousands of things taken from the al-Qaeda founder’s computer, which the CIA has now released “in the interest[s] of transparency and to enhance public understanding of al-Qaeda and its former leader.” A lot of these files are the sort of horrific garbage you would expect (shock twist as bin Laden enjoys beheading videos), and as such don’t enhance any public understanding at all. But some files are far more telling than others. Below is a genuine list of things found on bin Laden’s computer, with added commentary about what each file reveals. Remember, the eyes are the window into the soul, but Windows is the window into the deepest, darkest bits underneath your soul that you like to keep hidden. * Antz Osama bin Laden had a truly twisted mind, evident in his preference of 1998’s Antz over 1998’s far superior A Bug’s Life. assss.gif No matter how much time you have to kill in a compound, alternating your finger over the first two keys you see is always preferable to saving files under proper names. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs The War on Terror did not go far enough. Loose Change The fact Osama bin Laden had a copy of a conspiracy theory documentary that purports that Bush did 9/11 proves one thing and one thing only. Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams. Chicken Little He got really lonely in those last few days. _booby_2.jpeg _booby_1.jpeg did not live up to the hype. Charlie Bit My Finger Terrorists, they’re just like us! MS Clipart depicting 9/11 One of the planes that hit the trade centre towers was flight number: Q33NY Open a new Word document and type in capital letters Q33NY Click on Font Style and select “Wingdings”. You will then will be amazed!! Mr Bean Bin Laden? More like Bin Laughin' The Yahoo logo Backwards, medieval thinking extends to a choice of search engines. 28 crocheting tutorials A professor in the world's most preeminent crocheting school should not have rejected that application. Cars He really was evil. * In all seriousness, it’s not possible to know how many of these files were downloaded and used by bin Laden as opposed to how many belonged to other people in his compound. And as Lily Hay Newman at WIRED points out, we shouldn’t lose sight of the real, important revelations in the document dump. Also, you should clear your hard drive. › The Back Half: Goldsmiths Prize Shortlist Special Amelia Tait is a freelance journalist, and was previously the New Statesman's tech and digital culture writer. She tweets at @ameliargh Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!