Bin Laden Wrote About Ditching Pakistan Compound

Just months before he was killed in 2011 raid
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2015 10:40 AM CDT
Bin Laden Wrote About Ditching Pakistan Compound
This April 1998 file photo shows Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/File)

Yesterday, secret documents from a "treasure trove" Osama bin Laden kept in his Pakistan hideout were released, and today, another revelation has emerged from some of that correspondence. Feeling isolated and missing family, bin Laden confessed in a letter that he was thinking about splitting Abbottabad and joining up with his kin elsewhere, the Washington Post reports. "I think that I have to leave them," he wrote, less than six months before he was killed, in reference to the pair of local brothers who were sheltering him. "But it will take a few months to arrange another place" to join loved ones.

So why didn't his family just come to him? Apparently because hiding Osama bin Laden is a tiring full-time job; the Post notes the brothers didn't seem like they'd compromise by allowing temporary visits from bin Laden's relatives. "They are getting exhausted—security-wise—from me staying with them and what results from that," bin Laden wrote. (Also released in the "treasure trove" of documents: a list of all the books on bin Laden's bookshelf.)

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