CIA Responds to FOIA Request ... on Osama's Porn
Sorry folks, it's classified
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2015 3:25 PM CDT
This undated file photo shows Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – What kind of porn might be classified? The stuff watched by Osama bin Laden. A blogger at the men's website BroBible filed a, er, colorful Freedom of Information Act request with the CIA to get the details on the "pornographic material" found among bin Laden's stuff. (The request is here, and the language is a little graphic.) David Covucci got his formal answer this week from the spy agency: No dice. “With regard to the pornographic material Osama bin Laden had in his possession at the time of his death, responsive records, should they exist, would be contained in operational files,” and such files are exempt from FOIA requests, says the letter.

Even if they weren't in the operational files, it seems that Covucci would have been out of luck: "To the extent that this material exists, the CIA would be prohibited by 18 USC Section 1461 from mailing obscene matter," adds the letter. Intelligence chief James Clapper confirmed the porn's existence last month, notes Death and Taxes, which finds it odd that the agency is keeping it wraps given the potential for embarrassment to al-Qaeda. Maybe it's a job for WikiLeaks, suggests Reason. And as for Covucci, "hold your head up, bro," writes Peter Holley at the Washington Post. "Now you’ve got a cool letter you can frame."