Material found in Abbottabad being studied
WASHINGTON (PAN): The treasure trove of material including a computer recovered from the hideout of Osama bin Laden is being studied by a large number of US officials at a secret location in Afghanistan, officials said.
"We are in the process right now of looking at whatever might have been picked up. But I'm not going to go into details about what might have been acquired," the deputy national security advisor for counterterrorism and homeland security said on Monday.
It was an important time to continue to pursue efforts against Al Qaeda, take advantage of Osama bin Laden's death and continue to work to break the back of the network, John Brennan told a White House press conference.
Meanwhile, the CIA has established a task force to study the material recovered from the mansion in Abbottabad, where the Al Qaeda leader was hiding and was killed in a US operation on Sunday.
"Quite a bit of materials were found at the site. Those materials are currently being exploited and analysed. A task force is being set up at CIA to conduct that task, given the volume of materials collected at the raid site," a senior intelligence official said.
According to the intelligence official, it is a robust collection they needed to sift through. "We hope to find valuable intelligence that will lead us to other players in Al Qaeda," he added.
Brennan said special forces people who were on the compound took advantage of their time to make sure that they were able to acquire whatever material they thought was appropriate. "We are trying to determine the worth of whatever information we might have been able to pick up."
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