Are bin Laden's hard drives an intelligence goldmine?

U.S. launches first drone attack in Yemen since 2002

Fresh drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen and the rounding up of 40 suspects in Abbottabad, Pakistan, with ties to slain terrorist leader Osama bin Laden might be part of the intelligence windfall resulting from the more than 100 computers, hard drives and thumb drives confiscated during the May 2 raid in which the terrorist leader was slain, reports John Hudson at Atlantic Wire.

Although defense and intelligence officials won’t confirm the connection, “it’s hard to resist making an educated guess” that the two are linked, writes Spencer Ackerman at Wired’s Danger Room blog.

However, U.S. intelligence officials did tell media outlets on May 3 that they were confident the information seized would lead to bin Laden’s financial donors and also to top operatives in al Qaeda.

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