Pornography found in bin Laden hideout: US officials

Published: May 13, 2011
A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him.

A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him.

WASHINGTON: A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.

The pornography recovered in bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The officials said they were not yet sure precisely where in the compound the pornography was discovered or who had been viewing it. Specifically, the officials said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials.

Reports from Abbottabad have said that bin Laden’s compound was cut off from the Internet or other hard-wired communications networks. It is unclear how compound residents would have acquired the pornography.

But a video released by the Obama administration confiscated from the compound showed bin Laden watching pictures of himself on a TV screen, indicating that the compound was equipped with video playback equipment.

Materials carted away from the compound by the U.S. commandos included digital thumb drives, which U.S. officials believe may have been a principal means by which couriers carried electronic messages to and from the late al Qaeda leader.

Three other U.S. officials familiar with evidence gathered during investigations of other Islamic militants said the discovery of pornography is not uncommon in such cases.

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  • Imran
    May 13, 2011 - 10:00PM

    He was, after all, a mortal.Recommend

  • Since US officials went to the compound, pornography would have gone in as well along with them.Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    May 13, 2011 - 10:04PM

    Cant blame Osama. All that isolation and boredom (even with a younger wife) means he had to wax his carrot one way or another.Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 10:09PM

    Guess what’s next, Sex slaves ?Recommend

  • talha
    May 13, 2011 - 10:11PM

    I bet Osama was into freak stuff.


  • rehan
    May 13, 2011 - 10:14PM

    @M. Ali Khan. Didn’t Bill Clinton offer him better solutions?Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 10:16PM

    Why did it took so long to decide if it was porn or not..??Recommend

  • OBL
    May 13, 2011 - 10:17PM


  • Sam
    May 13, 2011 - 10:27PM


    Wait for worse!Recommend

  • Raj
    May 13, 2011 - 10:35PM

    After all if you are suppressing your natural human instincts, it results in such demonic expression. I am sure you will find such material with the Taliban members as well. Nothing wrong in it, nor it is something immoral. It’s natural with a human mind. My objection is with the hypocrisy that they unleash to the external world. Recommend

  • artshark
    May 13, 2011 - 10:48PM

    Wax his carrot, haha. i love that phrase!Recommend

    May 13, 2011 - 10:58PM

    hahahaaaaaa…… Must be Sasha Grey !!Recommend

  • Sarah B.
    May 13, 2011 - 11:11PM

    What’s freak stuff eh?
    That’s normal i think.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 13, 2011 - 11:12PM

    He was in fact preparing himself for hereafter where he will get more than what he had on the planet earth. 5 wives were not enough there was a need for 65 more along with of course wine in their hands.Recommend

  • Afridi007
    May 13, 2011 - 11:29PM

    @I am a responsible and civilized citizen of Pakistan:
    you r rightRecommend

  • HZ
    May 13, 2011 - 11:31PM

    You Know What? I saw Osama on paradise point?

    P.s can i write for ET? Hire me please i am very good at spicing up things :DRecommend

  • Mirza
    May 13, 2011 - 11:34PM

    OBL only had 3 wives in his harem. With the kind of restricted life, all he could do is rent movies or buy some. Another possibility is that he needed to recharge his batteries before going to the same old three wives. After all he was a man vey interested in women as the number of dozens of kids shows. Recommend

  • Amanullah
    May 13, 2011 - 11:34PM

    A man watching pron, and enjoying his life in a cave of Afghanistan, the commander of all talibans has such a spare time to watch all this ? LOL then shame on US..! Osama was watching a movie and still US take 9 years to find one person :)Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 13, 2011 - 11:38PM

    There is an excuse for the friends of OBL which they would love. The pornography was planted in OBL’s compound, the same way as he and his special fortress was planted by CIA in army town! First deny it then make it somebody else’s fault. Recommend

  • sdb
    May 13, 2011 - 11:43PM

    He needed it………three wives, locked up in the same compound for over five years……he needed variety:-))Recommend

  • Ali
    May 13, 2011 - 11:56PM

    Yeah Right.Recommend

  • Nation Prevails
    May 14, 2011 - 12:03AM

    Dude’s please note this sentence “Reports from Abbottabad have said that bin Laden’s compound was cut off from the Internet or other hard-wired communications networks.” They were saying that it was a command and control center But in the above statement it’s said there was no Internet connection or any means of communication WOW JUST INCREDIBLE.

    I believe command and control center needs some kind of Connection to build communication.

    Now lets what America has to offer after this porno May be a SEXY dummy.

    Over and out………Recommend

  • Nasir Taimoori
    May 14, 2011 - 12:17AM

    He had so many wives. He didn’t need this :)Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    May 14, 2011 - 12:19AM

    Maybe Osama was practicing which positions he’ll try out with the promised 72 voluptuous doe eyed hooors!!! :pRecommend

  • sick of stupid news articles
    May 14, 2011 - 12:27AM

    this is too ridiculous to be funnyRecommend

  • tax payer
    May 14, 2011 - 12:31AM

    Pornographic content ”made in United States of America” :)Recommend

  • Azeem
    May 14, 2011 - 12:36AM

    The man is dead. Shame on all you passing such remarks about him. You are all victim of CIA propaganda team’s smearing campain. Recommend

  • How to Believe
    May 14, 2011 - 1:04AM

    How easy it is for the people to believe everything that CIA says. I am not certain about the person killed in Abbotabad operation was OBL or someone else or someone was really killed even. We have a lust for suspense stories… CIA is fulfilling our desires…see what comes next Recommend

  • faraz
    May 14, 2011 - 1:12AM

    As all the sins of a ‘martyr’ are forgiven and he goes straight to heaven, so Osama might have thought of having some fun without missing out on his 72 virginsRecommend

  • May 14, 2011 - 1:13AM thats NOT normal!!Recommend

  • Atif
    May 14, 2011 - 1:22AM

    Before falling into any stupidity my dear net pals, kindly check the clearness of the video image and the corners of it. This thing conspicuously shows that the picture which we have here is EDITED.
    Thank you.

  • waqas
    May 14, 2011 - 1:23AM

    wow. photoshop and after effects does really a nice job. A new propaganda to demoralize muslims……what else are they uptoRecommend

  • H.
    May 14, 2011 - 1:35AM

    Anything is possible in the work of fiction ;-)Recommend

  • Mueed
    May 14, 2011 - 1:40AM


  • Disco Molvi
    May 14, 2011 - 1:49AM

    @ atif, waqas
    Even a dimwit knows the picture accompanying the article has been tweaked and edited for purpose of satire and is not the real thing. Laugh it off.
    Here is an unedited pic for you to see

  • dextor
    May 14, 2011 - 1:59AM

    OHhhh….now i know..comandoes mission was to provide latest porn dvds to laden but they got stuck in to price issue as dvds were expensive as VAT is applied and oil got expensive…so on that issue comandoes killed him……Recommend

  • sister
    May 14, 2011 - 2:04AM

    Here we go again………………….Recommend

  • Massileaks
    May 14, 2011 - 2:34AM

    Chalo atleast the americans found porn if not weapon of mass destruction. I am sure Osama was crazy but such kind of news from americans just prove that something is not right.

    Did anyone see the news on CNN today. They say that the raid video is grainy so not clear for viewing by anyone!!!! Really!! You guys have technology to spot terrorist and send drones but poor technology for camera? They further said that the room was dark and full of children and one or two woman. They shot a tall man and only identified him as osama later!! Earlier you gave interviews with details about where osama was standing to now saying that the room was dark and we didnt know who we shot?

    Soo the biggest terrorist of century lives in a house with no exit strategy! The most wanted man is soo stupid to keep a diary and all details of the organization in the house! Plus porn for the americans to enjoy later! Hey btw is this the same porn which Clinton watched in White house? You guys are soo sweet to share such stuff with your FRIENDS even if they are living far far away.

    Ok so wait, you think the world is stupid? You can fool once but not twice. Incase of Iraq you fooled the world with weason of mass destruction but you wont succeed in this case. Like Watergate scandal led to Reagan downfall…Osama fake raid will be Obamas downfall. Recommend

  • mohtamim ahmad
    May 14, 2011 - 2:49AM

    He was an ordinary man and might have watched it in a bid to recall his time in the west.Recommend

  • mohtamim ahmad
    May 14, 2011 - 2:50AM

    @mohtamim ahmad:
    He was an ordinary man and might have watched it in a bid to recall his time in the west.Recommend

  • moeed
    May 14, 2011 - 2:55AM

    i think this is the biggest joke of the month Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 14, 2011 - 3:01AM

    Nothing wrong in it, every normal human being wathces these things. As a leader, he needed to know full disclosure of a society he hated all his life.
    Also it explains, why he was holding remote in his right hand.Recommend

  • American
    May 14, 2011 - 3:07AM

    @Saad Bin Shahid:
    What is that 5th young wife, who never left the compound in 5 years, if not a sex slave ?
    For that matter, same thing applies to most women in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Avanti
    May 14, 2011 - 4:43AM

    Does anyone know if those girls (assuming they were girls) were white, black, Arabs, Christians, Muslims? May be this is where OBL believed in secularism and equal rights for female.Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 14, 2011 - 4:46AM

    That kind of seclusion, normal humans are gunna need some ‘spice.’ ;) Even as a chic I can say if I was cooped up somewhere for so long, disconnected from the outside world, I’d be in serious need of something to keep me ‘young’ for lack of a better word. :)
    That being said, I still think porn is a misogynists wet dream, but it’s human nature to wanna get your freak on.
    More to the point, it’s a little strange that this piece of info was released to the public as ‘news.’ Recommend

  • Ashraf
    May 14, 2011 - 6:23AM

    Hahahaha… this is the man who wants Islamic rule !! Hypocrite !Recommend

  • pk_paris
    May 14, 2011 - 6:53AM

    Conspirancy! Conspirancy!!!! CIA has now taken over RAW. It’s pathetic to see people do not want to face facts but to please ourselfs just pushing the problem to CIA… Who are these CIA? why are they here thousands of kilometer away from their country?
    Wake up guys, it is again propanganda from amry establishments to keep them in business. Like it or not, support civilian govt and minimize army/ISI involvement in the govt. matters. Let them protect boundries and nothing else and Civilian govt. will decide what they should do i.e. keep their stratergic assets or not. And I am sure Mr. Gilani govt will take right steps in development of Pakistan.Recommend

  • doubter
    May 14, 2011 - 7:53AM

    cant blame laden, his aim was 1 extra wife in every year, bur the isolation prevented his aim, so he was forced to do thisRecommend

  • P.A.M
    May 14, 2011 - 7:55AM

    haha, the picture is funny, dude, where is his left hand??Recommend

  • Bilal
    May 14, 2011 - 8:46AM

    Stupid newsRecommend

  • Badshah Khan
    May 14, 2011 - 9:35AM

    Even white blooded insects carry this instinct and he could and why not with his failed kidneys,all the more.Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 14, 2011 - 10:10AM

    Hahhahahahahaha. I cant believe Americans. Can they be any more insanely disgusting and extremely low by putting such accusations. Whats next? that Osama was a gigolo.Recommend

  • ikhan
    May 14, 2011 - 10:25AM

    Why would Bin Laden need pornography after having 3 wivesRecommend

  • folkefiende1
    May 14, 2011 - 10:27AM

    Hi Tribune..why do you have a morphed picture …where is your journalistic integrityRecommend

  • Amna
    May 14, 2011 - 11:00AM

    Ok, this is ridiculous. Although, I can not say what was found or not found in this compound. One thing is for sure, the U.S needs to either stop coming out with “details” that they supposedly have or provide some actual proof of something. Anything for God’s sake.

    They just keep coming up with more nonsense every few days…yet they have yet to back anything up with evidence.Recommend

  • gen
    May 14, 2011 - 11:30AM

    busy ;DRecommend

  • NO JOY
    May 14, 2011 - 11:55AM

    practicing for the heavenly hoors,after all 72 is a big number…Recommend

  • prema sai
    May 14, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Guess, he was training himself to meet 72 virgins :))

    Shows, how hypocritical, these Taliban and Al Qaeda can be.Recommend

  • I Hussain
    May 14, 2011 - 12:04PM

    He hated the west and its culture. But he could not resist some colourful aspects of it. He wanted to impose Sharia throughout the world. He was busy in his plans to make it happen. But it was a boring and monotonous venture. Obviously, he needed some entertainment in his isolation, besides having three wives on the compound. Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 14, 2011 - 12:07PM

    Today its porn they found in his compound, tomorrow the Americans will add Heroine to the stash.Recommend

  • rk singh
    May 14, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Taliban puts up shows of damaging Video Cassetes and Discs to uphlod islam. Now where are they and what explanation can they give about their great “calipha”? This guy wants to be somebody big in the Islamic world and he has a prvate collection of porn. And at this age…Recommend

  • Imran
    May 14, 2011 - 12:58PM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson:

    You will see for your self where you ends up after death…. This life is too short Recommend

  • Yousaf
    May 14, 2011 - 1:22PM

    it was his way of revenge, by watching all those blondes from United State!Recommend

  • Hmmm
    May 14, 2011 - 1:27PM

    And the US wants us to believe this – right?Recommend

  • rizwan
    May 14, 2011 - 4:06PM

    Connecting pornography with Osama ! USA what else you want to do to prove him wrong – he was a terrorist – thats enough to want him dead!Recommend

  • Hammad
    May 14, 2011 - 4:11PM

    This is a fake story. What American says is not always right!!! Don’t beleive in this article.Recommend

  • MMA
    May 14, 2011 - 4:51PM

    Laden was (is) left-handed man but the appearing man use TV remote control from his right-hand throughout all the videos ……….. Need to be release new videos.Recommend

  • CB Guy
    May 14, 2011 - 5:55PM

    Is this really news? ET is running out of stuff to put on their sight i guess. Recommend

  • drummer
    May 14, 2011 - 6:53PM

    i see that all the comments are based on the assumption that obl did watch all that porn found over there.
    though the statement is The officials said they were not yet sure precisely where in the compound the pornography was discovered or who had been viewing it. Specifically, the officials said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials.
    hail all the frustrated minds :-)Recommend

  • Shah
    May 14, 2011 - 9:55PM

    Nonsense! Such non serious things need not even be mentioned in such a serious matter.Recommend

  • Kami
    May 15, 2011 - 12:48AM

    Hahahaha the picture is photoshopped…Recommend

  • Kami
    May 15, 2011 - 12:50AM

    Hahahahahah This photo is photoshopped media don’t tell us the truth that osama himself was an american cia agent TIM OSMAMRecommend

    May 15, 2011 - 3:54AM

    i wonder what took them so long to make such accusations.this is their typical psychologic warfare.they had proposed making fake saddam hussain gay porn back in the gulf war years.
    Anyways who trusts Fox,CNN or the rest of the controlled your research online.Recommend

  • May 15, 2011 - 7:00AM

    A white lie, simply un-emagineable.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    May 15, 2011 - 7:48AM

    I have a feeling the US government is going to slowly leak the stuff confiscated from Osama’s house until the 2012 elections. Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    May 15, 2011 - 8:02AM

    Hahahhahhaahhaa! Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    May 15, 2011 - 9:43AM

    I am sure it had to do with how they harass young kids in madressas. Osama was the guy who wanted to enjoy it all! Recommend

  • dar
    May 15, 2011 - 10:22AM

    Al-ghuraib prison in iraq revisited….CIA is worse than KGB ..really…Recommend

  • Dazza
    May 15, 2011 - 12:40PM

    I doubt this is some kind of conspiracy, more likely someone with access to this information realized he could make a quick buck by selling the information to a news network. It says that current and former U.S. officials, so i would guess that a former official sold the information and then Reuters would have contacted a U.S. official for confirmation that the information was correct. As for why this is news worthy, well anything at all about Osama Bin Laden at the moment is news because of the history behind the man and the amount of time he has been searched for. Personally i doubt the U.S. government is too happy about the release of such information as all it says to the world is that while the U.S. spent 9 years looking for Osama, he spend 9 years playing with himself.Recommend

  • abrams
    May 15, 2011 - 4:07PM

    @P.A.M – Guess Osama was left handed and he’s busy doing something with it!Recommend

  • fh
    May 15, 2011 - 4:40PM

    next they will discover a full music recording studio in the house and find out that Osama was a music producer known as ‘O-zilla the Thrilla’ who launched the careers of Lady Gaga and Justin BieberRecommend

  • Naveed Javed
    May 16, 2011 - 12:56AM

    Since he’s dead we should avoid such crap 1Recommend

  • Urza Dawood
    May 16, 2011 - 6:43AM

    Surprise that one of the admired & sheltered hero of some our Pakistani sector was addicted to porn. I am sure Osama was just being “human” but such kind of news from Americans just proves the double standard of hypocrisy that exists in our religious and admired scholars.

    Everyone saw the news on CNN. Pakistani intellectual skeptics say that the raid video is grainy and not up to the high quality they normally accept!! Since we Pakistanis blotched the raid to even know Osama was in our back yard we guys have come to accept high analysis technology we have come to accept MORE from you the bad Americans and less from us the sleep at the wheel Pakistanis. We refuse to accept that because of instant news and leaks we want the news about the raid not full of holes as we Pakistanis (like @Massi-messyleak) expect that high standards & impeccable experience like our ISI.!
    Those crazy Americans further said that the room was dark and full of children and one or two woman. They shot a tall man and only dared to identify him as Oasma !! Earlier you gave interviews with details about where osama was standing to now saying that the room was dark and we didnt know who we shot? We worry more about these shabby details and less that he was in our highly militarized zone for years these minor details we are willing to lose sleep over but the fact that trident helicopter in a precise sweep took out the most wanted man in not significant to us.

    So the biggest terrorist of century lives in a secure house in Pakistan with no exit strategy why are we not surprised was had his back, at least we thought so! The most wanted man that we dearly protected kept a diary that you now have in your possession and all we have si embarrassment and and shame ? Plus a religious icon like Osma bin Laden with porn we do not have hypocrites in our religious circles we allow them to kill other Muslims but we frown on hardcore porn so you naughty Americans mostly planted that for the wold to debase a pious man!

    Ok so wait, you think the world is stupid? You cannot fool us strong Pakistanis with a buffed military and strong ISI – we may endure certain embarrassment and be slow to react but not we are strong and inshallah if we repeat it many times we can come to accept our short comings.Recommend

  • Punnu
    May 16, 2011 - 9:55AM

    Thats ridiculousRecommend

  • SUB
    May 16, 2011 - 10:43AM

    It would not have surprised us if they had discovered a DoDO or a Dragon in the compound. After all they are the Amaricans, blessed people from the Land of the Free. HARecommend

  • AMER
    May 16, 2011 - 11:58AM

    This is probably an attempt to shatter the Myth and hype about Osama Bin Laden and is such implanted by the CIA as a gimmick. Oh I know these guys now.. LOLRecommend

  • Noor
    May 16, 2011 - 12:07PM

    liars, liars, liars, again & again;
    9/11, WMD, Osama in Abbotabad, & when people don’t believe all that now……
    Porn……………………………No limit!
    True you tell a thousand lies to hide one lie.


    U believe all this pile of lies?

    Come on, come out of this fool’s paradise!Recommend

  • Syed
    May 16, 2011 - 12:15PM

    Not a supporter of Osama,but Americans are also big liers. Their propagonda will force you to believe that. so i take it with lot of doubtsRecommend

  • jeremy
    May 16, 2011 - 2:28PM

    so what? its common in our world, its also the largest industry in the world as long as you do no HARM to others i guess its ok


  • Ahmed
    May 16, 2011 - 2:51PM

    well you can make any claim against someone who is dead… something even more crazy will come up in a day or twoRecommend

  • Saqib
    May 16, 2011 - 2:59PM

    Thats not possible .. btw if accepted .. then he must have some plans to revenge american womenRecommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    May 16, 2011 - 5:14PM

    you bet you would find it with your bal-brahma charis. Doesn’t suit you to talk about “frustration” look at your own film industry and not to forget kamasutra is a part of your faith, isn’t it? Recommend

  • Ducky
    May 16, 2011 - 11:12PM

    In Al-Qaida porn, women show their ankles I’ve heard. Gotta get me some of that obscenity!Recommend

  • Benazir
    May 17, 2011 - 10:05AM

    idiots dot you see its a fake picture on the screen.Recommend

  • anonymous
    May 17, 2011 - 4:04PM

    this is absolute non-sense.. i bet they planted it there , why did it take so long to find it ?Recommend

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