'Tom and Jerry', crocheting instructions found in Osama bin Laden's files

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A couple of Islamist protesters hold up a poster with a picture of Osama bin Laden
A couple of Islamist protesters hold up a poster with a picture of Osama bin Laden that reads, "Man humiliated Americans. He lives benign and died a martyr" during a protest march at the main entrance of the state security headquarters in Cairo May 2, 2013. Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The CIA released former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s files on Wednesday. Among the files he had on his computer at the time of his death were children's program "Tom and Jerry," the YouTube video "Charlie Bit My Finger," which went viral in 2007, and crocheting instructions.

Most of bin Laden’s documents, videos, images and audio clips were related to his terror operations. Some files were more benign in nature, which got netizens surprised. “Very curious as to why someone in bin Laden’s compound saved a wav file of John Travolta saying alright, it was a miracle in Pulp Fiction,” one Twitter user wrote.

"Charlie Bit My Finger" appears under the file name "Tootin__Bathtub_Baby_Cousins.flv.” There were also clips of the cartoon "Tom and Jerry" as well as Jackie Chan movies, Business Insider reports.

Guidelines for crocheting socks, butterflies and baskets were also found. The former Al-Qaeda leader was residing with his family in a secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which could explained the presence of children’s shows and crocheting instructions.

Some clips found, such as songs designed for children learning English, raise the chances that he was schooling his children from the compound while hiding. Below is a list of games and movies the CIA found in bin Laden's compound.


Batman Gotham Knight

BBC Great Wildlife Moments

Biography – Osama bin Laden


Chicken Little

CNN Presents: World’s Most Wanted

Final Fantasy VII

Heroes of Tomorrow

Home on the Range

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

In the Footsteps of bin Laden – CNN

National Geographic: Kung Fu Killers

National Geographic: Inside the Green Berets

National Geographic: Predators at War

National Geographic: World’s Worst Venom

Peru Civilization

Resident Evil

Storm Rider – Clash of the Evils

The Kremlin from Inside

The Story of India

The Three Musketeers

Where in the World is Osama bin Laden

The CIA did not release bin Laden's porn collection in Wednesday's file dump. The Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011 and found a huge cache of documents. "The documents sat long stretches virtually untouched as different intel bureaucracies fought over control of access to them,” Fox News host Bret Baier had previously said, adding that the director of national intelligence had "released fewer than 600 of them.”