Osama Prepared to Flee, Told Children in Will Not to Join Al Qaeda
By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, AlterNet
Posted on May 4, 2011, Printed on May 4, 2011
As new details of the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden are revealed, the saga becomes increasingly fascinating. Here is the latest update of breaking news from the Abbottabad compound:
– bin Laden\’s four-page will, published in a Kuwaiti newspaper, apologizes to his 24 children for neglecting them throughout his life, and ordered his wives not to remarry but to devote their lives to raising their kids. He also beseeched them not to fight jihad, in a parallel with Islamic leader Omar bin al-Khattab, who instructed the same to his own son. His vast fortune is not mentioned.
– At the time of his death, he had 500 Euros and two telephone numbers sewn into his clothing, according to a classified briefing of Congress yesterday by CIA Director Leon Panetta. bin Laden apparently believed that he would receive notice prior to any US attack, indicating his total trust in his own networks. \’That view may also be buttressed by the White House’s revelation that bin Laden was not armed when he was killed in a Sunday raid by a Navy SEAL team,\’ writes Politico. \’That team was able to capture intelligence — including computers and thumb drives, and, apparently, the phone numbers bin Laden was carrying.\’