Journal reveals new details about bin Laden

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials are learning more about Osama
bin Laden from his private journal and other materials they found during last week's raid in Pakistan.

They say he kept pushing followers to find new ways to hit the United States -- by striking smaller cities, or targeting trains as well as planes. But his goal, they say, was always to kill as many Americans as possible in a single attack.

Officials say even though he was out of the public eye, bin Laden never gave up control of al-Qaida. They say his personal, handwritten journal and his huge collection of computer files show that he had a hand in every recent major al-Qaida threat -- including plots in Europe last year.

The information shatters the government's conventional thinking about bin Laden. He had been regarded for years as mostly an
inspirational figurehead.

But the documents indicate he was communicating from inside his
walled compound with al-Qaida offshoots, including the branch in Yemen that has emerged as the leading threat to the United States.

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