Source: Bin Laden in touch with al-Qaida figures

May 6, 2011 - 6:28 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says material retrieved from Osama bin Laden's compound shows he was in touch with senior al-Qaida figures and was able to plot future attacks on U.S. targets from his suburban Pakistani hideout.

The official says the trove of documents and computer material confiscated from bin Laden's compound also includes new video of Bin Laden, both unreleased propaganda tapes and more candid shots like home videos.

The official would not confirm news reports that the data yielded clues to the whereabouts of al-Qaida deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. But the official said the handwritten notes and computer material were being scoured for intelligence that could help track down new targets.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters.