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Osama bin Laden’s hide-out had cache of porn [Updated]

May 13, 2011 |  1:04 pm

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It appears Osama bin Laden may not have been totally disconnected electronically.

Despite reports that he didn’t have Internet connection or mobile service, Reuters quotes high-ranking Pentagon officials saying the Navy SEALs found pornography --- and a lot of it -- at Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, consisting of “modern, electronically recorded video.”

[Updated, 4:35 p.m.] According to the report, there was no word on how the material got there or to whom it belonged, as other people also lived inside the compound with Bin Laden. The story relies on unnamed government officials who have not released any other details or other evidence to back the claims.

The report has prompted some analysts to speculate that the porn may have been brought into the compound using thumb-sized flash drives that Bin Laden allegedly used to send emails while in hiding. Or it could’ve been through the satellite television that he used to watch Al Jazeera.

Either way, it was there, according to the officials, who declined to disclose the titles of the “extensive” collection.

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Photo: The U.S. government released five videos seized at Osama bin Laden's compound, including this image of the Al Qaeda leader watching himself on TV, with President Obama also seen. Credit: Reuters

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