May 11th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Bin Laden was communicating with other terrorists, U.S. official says

(CNN) - Data and documents taken from the compound show that messages from Osama bin Laden did make it out of the compound to other members of al Qaeda, a U.S. official says.

"There are strong indications there is back and forth with other terrorists," the official said.

U.S. officials have said they view the raided compound as the al Qaeda leader's "command and control center" but had not explained before why they believed that to be the case.

"These are not just the writings of an elderly jihadi," the official said.

The source said there is evidence of two-way written communications demonstrating that not only was bin Laden sending messages, he was getting responses as well.

The official also provided new details on bin Laden's personal journal, which was seized during the Navy SEAL raid, the official said. The handwritten journal, which was referred to last week by other officials as the al Qaeda playbook, is being reviewed by intelligence officials. Other handwritten materials are being reviewed, too.

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  1. Kathy; Colorado

    i am having trouble believing that Osama had power – just because he writes in a diary – all evidence shows Osama has been very ineffective for a long time – I believe these events are being used to derail the real problems (economic; poverty; health insurance or lack of; here at home) a campaign rally

    May 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm |