A vendor walks past a sand sculpture of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden created by Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik on a beach in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Orissa (REUTERS/Stringer).

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The Abbottabad hoard: De-mystifying Bin Laden

May 21, 2015, Bruce Riedel

The belated release of some of the material captured by the SEALs in Osama Bin Laden's Abbottabad hideout is a positive if long overdue action by the Director of National Intelligence. It was mandated by Congress, a rare act of good judgement from the Hill. But the amount of material released so far is small and too limited to make many broad assessments about Bin Laden or al-Qaida.

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