Former Intelligence Official: CIA Is Using Bin Laden Files To Deceive The Public On Iran

Tyler Durden's picture

An intelligence insider is warning the public about this latest CIA mass release of purported Osama Bin Laden files from devices found in the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound, saying that it has a specific political agenda with content that has been carefully and selectively published by the CIA in order to manipulate the public. This surprising insider testimony comes as Iran hawks argue they've found "proof" of an Iran and al-Qaeda connection, and as no information has yet to surface from the files regarding how bin Laden came to be living for years in the neighborhood of Pakistan's most visible military academy and within clear sight of the Pakistani government and allied US intelligence services.

Yesterday the CIA published to its public archives website 18,000 document files, about 79,000 audio and image files and over 10,000 video files taken from devices found in the deceased al-Qaeda leader's compound six and a half years ago. Among the most significant items provided is what the CIA says is bin Laden’s personal hand-written journal. This is the fourth major release of bin Laden documents since the first trove of materials was published in May 2015.

Image source: Screenshot from Newsy Newslook

Though currently the media has seized on some of the more sensational oddities of the files - for example, retro video games, Pixar children's movies, viral YouTube clips like 'Charlie bit my finger', RT News programming, Bin Laden's son Hamza's wedding, videos of the compounds barnyard animals, CNN documentaries, conspiracy movies, and other random things - foreign policy establishment hawks are seizing upon something quite different: they say the trove reveals al-Qaeda links with Iran.

And this bin Laden-Iran conspiracy theory is now curiously driving much of the media coverage of the release. At the same time, it appears the collection of nearly 500,000 total files may have little or nothing to say about how bin Laden and his family came to be "hiding" in plain sight of Pakistan's military and intelligence establishment for years. For example, one of Pakistan's own largest international English newspapers, The Express Tribune - which lists as a partner organization The New York Times - quickly (and conveniently) put out a headline which reads, Bin Laden had no help from state elements in Pakistan: CIA files.

Of course, this flies in the face of the exhaustive investigative reporting from both within and outside of mainstream news organizations which points to official Pakistani and Saudi aid given to bin Laden while he was holed up at the compound possibly since 2006. As the CIA had complete control over what was released and what was withheld - and this latest release lacked even an inter-agency process - we shouldn't expect much if anything that will contradict the official bin Laden raid narrative

But more significant are the Iran and al-Qaeda connection claims - something emphasized by the first publication to publish news of the files, the Long War Journal, which happened to work directly with the CIA and was granted favored access. The claims are emphasized in NBC's coverage, which quotes anonymous "intelligence officials", under the headline Newly Released Bin Laden Document Describes Iran, Al Qaeda Link:

The trove also provides new insight into the often adversarial relationship between al Qaeda and Iran — the Sunni Muslim terror group and the Shiite republic — in the form of a 19-page report described by the Long War Journal as "a senior jihadist's assessment of the group's relationship with Iran."


Two U.S. intelligence officials characterized the document to NBC News as "evidence of Iran's support of al Qaeda's war with the United States."


According to the officials, the document traces the history of the relationship starting with the escape of a group of Al Qaeda officials and their families from Afghanistan following the U.S. invasion in September 2001. Bin Laden dispatched the group of Al Qaeda leaders, known as the Al Qaeda Management Council, to Iran.


At various points in the relationship, the document reveals, Iran offered Al Qaeda help, in the form of "money, arms" and "training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon, in exchange for striking American interests in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf."


But at other points in the relationship, according to the document, there were angry rifts, leading to forced detention of key Al Qaeda officials.

To the cursory reader with even a basic understanding of Middle East geopolitics and religion, the first thing that will stand out is the extreme unlikelihood that the hardline Shiite Islamic Republic of Iran would sponsor Sunni fundamentalists which have historically been at war with Iran. Furthermore, it has already been well-known that al-Qaeda has long had a presence in Iran's restive Arabic speaking Sunni heartland in the country's west (about 10% of Iran's population is Sunni) - a sizable minority community which has suffered a tenuous existence of perpetual tension with the Tehran government over the decades. 

But then to go even further with the claim that Iran hatched a plan to train al-Qaeda operatives at Hezbollah camps in Lebanon is even more extraordinary. It is as likely as George Bush's now debunked claim that Saddam Hussein sponsored al-Qaeda. Hussein was a Baathist and secular nationalist dictator who actively persecuted extremists opposed to Baathist rule. 

Neocons and Iran hawks often accuse Iran of allowing the presence of al-Qaeda family members (who fled Afghanistan after 2001) on its soil, and that this is tantamount to being a "state sponsor" of terror, yet as the US State Department's own Country Reports on Terrorism notes : "Iran remained unwilling to bring to justice senior al-Qa’ida (AQ) members it continued to detain, and refused to publicly identify those senior members in its custody." This is hardly indicative of Tehran's backing of the al-Qaeda terror organization - a movement which consistently denounces Iranian Shia as apostates and heretics. 

The 19-page report itself has yet to be translated into English, with only very minimal English snippets made available by Long War Journal (LWJ) to the press, though LWJ admits that other files "show that al Qaeda kidnapped an Iranian diplomat to exchange for its men and women. Bin Laden himself considered plans to counter Iran’s influence throughout the Middle East, which he viewed as pernicious." So there are deeply contradictory viewpoints regarding Iran all in the same purported bin Laden documents. And as one commentator notes, LWJ happened upon this single and potentially "spiked" 19-page Arabic document extraordinarily quickly out of a cache of up to half a million files. 

Meanwhile, one Obama-era White House official and former career CIA analyst isn't buying it, but is instead cautioning the public regarding the entire release just posted to the CIA's website. Edward "Ned" Price is, ironically, the establishment intelligence official who resigned in protest of President Trump over "the way he has treated the intelligence community." 

Though Price clearly has his own axe to grind, his criticisms focus on "Iran hawk" CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the agency's intelligence establishment - thus it's interesting that a career CIA official who has touted his "insider" status to attack "outsider" Trump in the past would now go on the attack and claim CIA malfeasance in manipulating the public. 

In a lengthy tweet thread Wednesday, Price warned that we are witnessing intelligence manipulation reminiscent of the lead-up to the Iraq War, but this time with Iran in the crosshairs:

CIA released what it claims are the final public files from Bin Laden's lair. I'm all for transparency, but this isn't about that. In January, the DNI [Director of National Intelligence], which led the declassification effort, released what it said was the final tranche of Bin Laden files. The DNI-led review was overseen by career intel officials, who concluded that, with the January files, all those of public interest were released. But a funny thing happened when CIA Director Pompeo came into office. I'm told he re-launced a review of the files. In doing so, he took officers away from important missions to pore—and re-pore—over the millions of documents. 


How can we be sure this was a CIA effort? Unlike previous releases, today's files are hosted on, not the DNI site. Why would he do that? It seems he's convinced the unreleased files would tie al-Qa'ida to Iran. He said as much at the gathering of a conservative group, FDD [the Foundation for Defense of Democracies], opposed to the Iran deal in September. As luck would have it, CIA provided an advance copy of today's files to Long War Journal. The ploy is transparent despite the fact that the newly-released documents don't tell us anything we didn't already know.


What's not as transparent are the motives of Pompeo, the administration's leading and most influential Iran hawk. But these moves suggest he's reverting to the Bush administration's playbook: Emphasize terrorist ties as a rationale for regime change. Remember Cheney on Meet the Press, pointing to Atta's supposed Prague meeting with Iraqi officials?



It was a key element of the the march to war. History doesn't repeat itself but it does rhyme. Need to remain vigilant to ensure Pompeo isn't able to write it.

As headlines continue to spread about the supposed "Iran-Qaeda" connection in the bin Laden files, it is indeed important to remember the fake intelligence and outright lies and manipulation that made the "case" for the invasion of Iraq. It is also important to remember that CIA officials have been among the foremost vehement and staunch defenders of the official Osama bin Laden narrative, yet in this case they alone have full control of what what was released. 

And it is surprising that such an establishment CIA insider as Ned Price would be the first to say the latest bin Laden files are being deceitfully crafted to sell a narrative that will be used to convince the public on regime change in Iran. It will be interesting to see what else emerges as academics and journalists continue to pour through the files.

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Throat-warbler Mangrove's picture

Oh, yeah.  Let's go mess with Iran (again).  What could go wrong this time?  Jackasses.

Juggernaut x2's picture

That's really convenient that OBL had all of this stuff sitting around in his mud walled compound-  he was probably putting together his autobiography with an option to turn it into a feature film.

JohninMK's picture

I thought that Bin Laden died in 2001 from liver failure.

All the rest is theatre.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ John,

It is.

The agencies that are supposed to represent the people and enforce the law have morphed into political tools for the Democrats.  How are you going to get an agency like the FBI to investigate the Clintons when they are in on the scam? 

A score of senior and rank and file agents should have gone to prison for burning all those women and children to death in Waco.  The Clinton Administration gave those agents a pass, and in the process the Clintons purchased the undying support of the agency.  When the very tool you would use to bring down a criminal enterprise has been coopted by that enterprise, you better tread softly.

I am beginning to understand that we are at a tipping point.  People are beginning to grasp the import of agency lies about the assassination of President Kennedy.  It is clear now that the lies were not told to protect the public. 

They were told so that the coconspirators could perfect their coup.  Once the coup was completed successive generations of politicians were given the message.  That message was simple.  We the shadow government can kill anybody we choose.  Look what we did to Kennedy.  You either toe the line or you will send in the cleaners.  Those that would not kao tau to shadow rulers got to meet their John Hinckley or died under suspicious circumstances in some West Texas ranch.

( Doesn’t matter the Criminal alphabet Agencies, the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA have decades & Trillions invested over the decades planting “Agent Smiths” in all of the Highest Compartmentalized Levels of them Pentagram MIC included.)

People are beginning to understand that they have been herded by acts of terrorism conducted by their own state.  The scenario of the lone shooter with spectacular marksmanship and fantastic kill rates has lost its credibility. Just another in a lone, long line of “book depository”False Flags.

Trump full well understands that he is in mortal combat with a sinister and entrenched oligarchy.  This is not their first rodeo and they are extremely dangerous.  He has to be sure of his footing before he takes his next step.  By the grace of God, he may just very well be able to pull back the curtain and expose these monsters.

If they manage to kill him, buckle up because any agency with federal in its title will have lost any claim to legitimacy.  The oligarchs tried to steal the election and that failed.  If they steal the election by killing the President, what follows next is a turkey shoot.

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

Déjà view's picture

Mossad...Dead Sea Scrolls...

max2205's picture

I didn't like Iran before 

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

This surprising insider testimony comes as Iran hawks argue they've found "proof" of an Iran and al-Qaeda connection



And i guarantee Iran has proof of a US/Al Qaeda connection except that it's assertions are true


cheka's picture

north korea hype played out?  back to iran (again...again...again...)

loebster's picture

Trump's election platform WAS ALWAYS on regime change in Iran.

Now he's wagging the CIA like W Bush did before invading Iraq.

The Ram's picture

That's correct.  Just hype.  The US military has no ability to invade Iran, in fact, the US military does not want to fight any country that can reasonably fight back.  Besides, the Chinese and Russians will not allow it.  Ditto for North Korea.  So, just a bunch of hype, in fact, from here on out in America last days of empire, it's ONLY hype.

PT's picture

But I thought Al Quaeda was smashed to bits and is no more and that is why Osama bin Laden is no longer a priority.

Man, it's hard to keep up with the latest propaganda.  I keep remembering old stuff and getting it all wrong.
We won except we didn't except we're winning now except we're not except ...

Big Creek Rising's picture

But Ram, we MUST have a war somewhere, so what do you suggest?

You poo-poo Iran and NK, both of which can be easily bombed by drones with video game controllers in Florida and Texas. So who are we gonna bomb? Syria is no good anymore because those nasty Russians and Assad's legitimate army have rolled up our Isis excuse.

If we don't have a nice little war how do all the cats stay fat? what will happen to the MIC stocks?

You shouldn't just criticize solutions offered by others without offering better alternatives. Also, you should have more faith in our government military and intelligence experts because they protect us from maroons with bombs in their grundies.


peopledontwanttruth's picture

Great comment and the world is figuring all this out to. One Day all this will turn against the USA and towards the Iranians who will rise out of nowhere

just the tip's picture

iran has stated on numerous occasions they will release such proof.

waiting .....................

and what proof do we have of your guarantee?

Truther's picture

They touch Iran, and it's WWIII guaranteed. BiBi will wish he redacted but I doubt the devil has even any common sense being a Bolshevik joo.

Winston Churchill's picture

Americans are so exceptional they  can raise the dead, just to kill them again and dump the corpse

in the Ocean.

Hardly surprising he wasn't noticed in Abbottabad,the dead don't party much, or so I'm told.

They don't need a dialysis machine either for their kidney failure.The seals are disposed of

as quickly as possible thereafter,just in case they voice their doubts

The continuity guy on this movie should have been fired.But Americans love a movie.

I want to puke everytime I see O'Neal on TV, even he can't keep a straight face anymore, but

the sheep buy it.

Now they're digging him up again,figuratively, to reuse him again on the sheeple.

They lap it up as well, no wonder it gets served up forever.


beijing expat's picture

What can Trump do to roll back the deep state?

An interesting thread on 4chan

Chupacabra-322's picture

EO via

The National Security Elimination Act of 2017.

Anything short of Absolute, complete Elimination of the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the Deep State CIA will be futile.

Mr Pink's picture

When can we see the CIA files showing he died in a US military hospital in 2001....right next to Hitler?

rguptatx's picture

Why can't every 20K word articles posted have an Executive Summary that has one page. Then if the ES ignites my engines, I can decide to subject me to read the 20k word article. Just saying! 

peopledontwanttruth's picture

I stopped reading at this point

At the same time, it appears the collection of nearly 500,000 total files may have little or nothing to say about how bin Laden and his family came to be "hiding" in plain sight of Pakistan's

A half million FILES to say absolutely nothing.
BS again.

Umh's picture

Made up evidence to fuck with Iran.

Juggernaut x2's picture

It's like these fucking idiots in the CIA think everybody gets their information from the Nightly News like it's still 1959.

BobEore's picture

FYI \\
Those whose business it is to manage the affairs of the USAs' "intelligence agencies"

- by and large, IDF/Mossad personnel, their network of bought or blackmailed domestic helpers, and the complicit Merikan political class -

have no deficit of understanding as to how 'everybody gets their information' anymore...

they control how EVERYBODY gets their information... and the only folks truly in the dark about that fact are the self-styled 'cutting edge' exceptionalists who patronize the 'alt-media' sites designed to feed their fantasies of being "outside the matrix"... "dis-info-free"... "real news" etc.,

and with that in mind, it behooves the CAREFUL reader to paddle thru the cross-currents and eddies of the competing streams of AGIT-PROP on display here... with the kind of caution which a white-water kayaker uses to stay on top - not in - the swift and icy waters he skims.

Indeed... the sophistication of the MEDIAMASTERZ who use those channels of 'communication' as adjunct to their campaigns of state-sponsored terror/psychological warfare/diplomacy by deception, is not to be underestimated, if one is determined to hang on to some shards of the 'really real' -

'theatre' is indeed the operative word for what goes on in the muddled east/the far east/and/or the 'wild west' of Washington and the rest of the occidental 'capitals' of the $power - a non-stop barrage of staged 'events'//phony happenings//media-directed, all... and as the great magus Baudrillard accurately pointed out to us|

"all contents of meaning are absorbed in the only dominant form of the medium. Only the medium can make an event – whatever the contents, whether they are conformist or subversive. A serious problem for all counterinformation, pirate radios, antimedia, etc.”

That this 'medium' is a tool of the tiny pirate state in the s e Med needs be taken now as a foregone conclusion... as well as the fact that the "internet revolution" was merely one more prong in their 'shock n awe' attack pon our collective realities... now reaching its' denouement with the psy op by which the new sraeli-led EURASIAN ENERGY CARTEL emerges to claim ascendance - and victory over a fallen western world.

All happening before the sightless eyes of a complicit media and its' witless victims. Same as it ever was. \\EVERYBODY gets their news like it's 1984... there - fixed it for yas!\\

JSBach1's picture

Yes and No...

First of all, no matter the plan or intent, there is ALWAYS some level of error, due in various degrees to miscalculations, unforseen events, or just the sheer number of variables...what to do with the erroneous part being the question...?

For the most part, especially when it comes to human perception, this can be safely discounted, but, upon enhanced examination, it can fall apart altogether, depending on the area and/or scope of the various parts or its aggregate form.

Having said that, there is, as it appears to me, a significant unaccountability of any of the aforementioned erroneous input, due, in part, or in whole, to not just the Internet as a whole, but in its parts, forms, and modulations, or all in its entirety; its very size, scope, and users become all but impossible to uniformly misinform, much less control. You see, that is where the foreboding tale of Icarus' infamous journey comes into the spotlight...wherefore, for all of its preconceived planning and calculations the inevitably, seen or unforseen, ALWAYS enters the calculus, and tragically at times -- especially whereupon hubris is found at its core -- bestows rather tragic consequences upon the individual(s) involved in the thought process.

As such, the digital age is the equalizer for the common man -- given he/she has the intuition, foresight, and the self-discipline to filter and ultimately interpret not only the message, but its ramifications based on a vision of a large cauldron filled with a "diverse-mixture" [insert your medi[ium][a]] of boiling soup under a steady heat source -- to see a spade for what it really is.

Will the common man answer the call???

mkkby's picture

The CIA has jumped the shark like Fonzi. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, believes a word of what they say. It's beyond comical.

Even the MIC supporters in congress called bullshit on their Russia conspiracy stories.

Can we just end the funding for this marketing company? The military has their own intelligence service. The NSA owns the cyber franchise. The FBI has domestic subjugation under control. End the cia/dea/atf and the other 17 abc agencies.

Sources and methods = pulled from somebody's ass + word document.

therealestg9's picture

Bin Laden, the son from a powerful Saudi family? You know, the people that are "mortal enemies" with Shia Iran? The elites think the populace is actually dumb enough to believe this shit. Sadly, they're probably right about that.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Private Military Contractors are & have been the ones assisting the CIA arming, funding & training the I CIA SIS. Remember, the CIA / Deep State have been funding the Madrasah's / Wahabism programs with Saudi Arabia in Iraq, Syria, Lybia & Central Asia etc... In other words, there’re Mercenary armies aka Death Squads pulling of these Deep State False Flags.

As seen in Vegas. Second largest terror attack since the 911 False Flag & conveniently, the Saudis are in Vegas.

And, the new Fed Chair, yea. Carlyle Group man. Forward WWIII.

Winston Churchill's picture

They aren't mortal enemies at all,they live side by side in many countries.A  lot of hype

and propaganda flies around, and any division has been greatly fostered by another country founded in 1948 in

the area.The leaders are a whole different matter, but just look at the brotherly love the Sunnis are displaying

in the KSA/Qarar standoff.

From personal experience in both Scotland and the MENA, the catholic/protestant divide is far worse on the ground,

Arabs talk a lot and do very little,Scots talk very little and do a lot. I wont even talk about N.Ireland and the divide

there. Your believing the MSM, its been fake news for a very long time,you're just realizing it.

Thats why its called programing.

Ms No's picture

Wherever they can find tension they'll be trying to slam a wedge in there.  It must be a science to these assholes.  I wonder how their process of measuring societal tensions to exploit goes down.  With the NSA they probably get great data that way just by analyzing chatter.  They probably have meetings and look at which hate is trending up on a point scale for that week and then comparing and switching their propaganda and ground agent campaigns based on what's working.  Gawd I hate them.  Most of all I hate that it's so easy for them because people can't seem to fathom having sophisticated intelligence operate against them.  I bet an Arab that's illiterate has a better idea than most hipsters do, for sure.  They instinctually know and they still have common sense.  Plus they have been watching them operate up close and personal for far too long.   

Drain Bamage's picture

If the rules of engagement get thrown out i'm all for blowing the Persians up.

ludwigvmises's picture

Anyone notice how all enemies of the United States supposedly loved porn and indulged in sexual perversions? Hitler supposedly liked caviar sex and watersports. 100% fabrication by the US OIS. Fidel Castro supposedly - according to US intelligence - slept with 35,000 women and contracted syphilis multiple times. Again, zero proof but CIA don't need proof. Now we have Bin Laden. Supposedly his hard drives were loaded with US produced porn, although he had three young wifes living with him. Again, CIA working overtime to perpetuate the image of a sexual pervert. 

Juggernaut x2's picture

That's the mossad influence- jews are obsessed with sex and bodily functions.

Winston Churchill's picture

Damn Puritans left a mark in the gene pool that will not go away.

The exceptionalism thing started there as well, much earlier than most think.

Ms No's picture

Don't forget all of the stories and even films about Saddam's kid being a sadistic serial killer, yellow cake, babies in incubators, barrel bombs.... shit we are surrounded by idiots.

Baron von Bud's picture

The armed forces are hip high with useless generals and admirals. The CIA has too much GS13+ deadweight. They need wars and perpetual conflict to move up the career ladder.

just the tip's picture

the GS scale is not applicable.  these people are paid by the kilo.

Dr. Bonzo's picture

The "manipulate the public meme" only applies to private enterprise doofus. 70% of public disapproved of Iraq War invasion... guess what.... right. Gubmint does as it pleases. All the public needs to do is continue paying their taxes and remain preoccupied in indulgences and distractions.

"Public opinion."



Blankone's picture

In other news Israel used their jets to attack a Syrian facility again just yesterday. And Syria had no defenses.

Putin has agreed to sell the S300 and S400 to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey. The Saudis are a major supporter of ISIS and the enemy of Syria. YET, Putin does not provide the S300 or S400 to Syria. Syria is left with the outdated S200 systems.

just the tip's picture

southfront said they had something called an S-75, and fired a rocket at the planes.  based on the series number, i'm guessing it uses commodore 64 targeting software.

HowdyDoody's picture

The air raid sirens going off in Tel Aviv about the same time as the Syrian retaliation was purely coincidental.

"The moment when the alarm sirens sounded in Tel Aviv at dawn today (trans)"

Ms No's picture

I don't know why they would sell to SA unless they are about to defect out of Globalism, which you could never trust.  They will just take it apart, experiment with it and learn it's weaknesses.


Disgruntled Goat's picture

Disgruntled Goat: CIA is using Bin Laden files to divert attention from the Kennedy files.

just the tip's picture

bin laden was the second shooter.

or was he driver #2.

i forget.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

"You're either with us or you're with the terrorists."
-George W. Bush

Can't say he didn't very clearly spell out his dichotomy.

GoyimUprising's picture

I'm an independent.  And, I don't mean voter.

shimmy's picture

nice to see they are bringing up the boogeyman osama once again. guy dies in 2001 and still being brought up now. 

GoyimUprising's picture

They were talking about his son and blaming the Iranians for 9/11 too.

Ms No's picture

They just pull that old CIA asset out of the freezer every time they need an excuse for something.  It's hilarious.