By releasing just five videos seized in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration is trying to hit multiple audiences.
CBS News correspondent Juan Zarate reports that the release carries several messages, including demonstrating in fact that bin Laden was killed, as well as showing that the U.S. did get inside his compound.
Additionally, the government is sending a message to the broader world intended to undercut the image and mythology of bin Laden as a mysterious ascetic leader.
The point officials are trying to make is that bin Laden was a vain human worried about his image and his survival. That message is intended for the remaining al Qaeda leaders. The government's message can be summed up as follows: This is just a taste of the type of information that we have, we're coming after you.
The treasure trove of intelligence gleaned from the raid is valuable in quantity and quality. It shows bin Laden actively engaged in the al Qaeda network until his last day. The documents will give clues to active al Qaeda leaders' names, phone numbers addresses. In addition to hard information, the intelligence should yield clues to how the network operates.
No, the public can expect to see a counterterrorism blitzkreig in the weeks and months to come to take advantage of this treasure trove of data.
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