Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden outlined in letters and other documents how at least $29 million of his funds and possessions should be apportioned after his death, requesting that most of it be used to continue global jihad.
One of the letters — part of a cache of 113 documents taken in the 2011 U.S. Special Forces raid that killed bin Laden — was described by U.S. intelligence officials as what they believed was a last will.
Reuters and ABC Television were given exclusive access to the documents, which were translated from Arabic and declassified by U.S. intelligence agencies.
They were part of a second tranche of documents seized in the operation and have been declassified since May 2015. A large number have yet to be released.
One document, a hand-written note that U.S. intelligence officials believe the Saudi militant composed in the late 1990s, laid out how he wanted to distribute about $29 million he had in Sudan.
One percent of the $29 million, bin Laden wrote, should go to Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, a senior al Qaeda militant.
“By the way, he (al-Walid) has already received 20,000-30,000 dollars from it, bin Laden continued. “I promised him that I would reward him if he took it out of the (Sudanese) government.” Read More