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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Declassify Most of Bin Laden’s Files

Osama bin Laden was killed by an elite group of Navy Seals one year ago this week. And bin Laden’s files, a massive trove captured in his Abbottabad, Pakistan safe house, have been the subject of various articles since. Now, the Obama administration has reportedly decided to release “some” of the files to the public. 

That’s good news. The files should be released to the public. But not just “some”—nearly all of them should be released. 

Yes, some files still contain operationally relevant intelligence and exceptions can be made in such cases. But the vast majority of bin Laden’s documents should be made freely available online. Why? 


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