US intelligence agencies have declassified the list of English-language texts that Osama bin Laden was reading in 2011 at the time of the US raid in Pakistan.
The list is part of a tranche of more than 100 documents recovered in Abbottabad on 2 May 2011 when the US Navy SEALs stormed the compound and killed the world's most wanted terrorist.
The release shows that the 9/11 mastermind was an avid reader of conspiracy theory books, with titles including: Bloodlines of the Illuminati by right-wing author Fritz Springmeier; The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 by the 9/11 truther David Ray Griffin; Conspirators' Hierarchy: The Committee of 300 by John Coleman; and The Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins, an anti-Semitic writer.
Bin Laden had the English-language materials stocked in Adobe Acrobat PDF files. The list on Bin Laden's bookshelf includes books by American radical linguist Noam Chomsky and Watergate investigative journalist Bob Woodward.
The list also includes media articles from magazines Foreign Policy and Newsweek (IBTimes UK's sister publication) as well as analyses from think-tanks like Chatham House and the Carnegie Papers. The vast majority of PDFs were scanned issues of Arabic-language editions of al-Hayat and al-Quds al-Arabi newspapers, according to a senior intelligence official quoted by Buzzfeed.
Other documents released include maps on Iran nuclear sites, IT software manuals, and a lot of material on France. The list also includes a video game guide to Delta Force Extreme 2 and a bizarre "suicide prevention guide" entitled "Is it the heart you are asking?"
The Office of the Director of the National Intelligence said that "all All documents whose publication will not hurt ongoing operations against al-Qa'ida or their affiliates will be released."