WASHINGTON — U.S. authorities are using interviews with Osama bin Laden’s wives and video of the assault on his Pakistan compound to piece together details of the raid that killed the terrorist leader.
After days of wrangling with Pakistani leaders, U.S. intelligence officials were finally given access to bin Laden’s three wives and were allowed to question them in an effort to gather more information about life in the compound, Pentagon officials said.
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Another detail also emerged Friday: U.S. officials say pornography was among the computerized documents that U.S. raiders seized during their assault on the hideout. Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe intelligence matters, conceded they did not know who the large stash of material belonged to or whether bin Laden had seen it.
U.S. defense officials, meanwhile, are considering measures to ensure the security of the Navy SEAL team that stormed the walled fortress in Abbottabad on May 2 and killed the world’s most wanted terrorist.
The three bin Laden widows who survived the raid were taken into Pakistani custody. The White House has said it was important that the U.S. be allowed to interview them as they could provide information about bin Laden’s life in his compound.
But the Islamic practice of segregating women from men means the wives probably would not have been present for meetings or discussions about al-Qaida operations.
Still, with bin Laden’s trusted couriers dead, the women could offer rare details about bin Laden, particularly his life over the past few years as the manhunt for him wore on….