Closed captioning of: Onslaught of info paints clear portrait of bin Laden
now we turn overseas. the latest news resulting from the death of
osama bin ladin
. we seem to be learning more about him in the 11 days since his death at the hands of
s.e.a.l.s than we've been able to learn in the past ten years. thanks to all that stuff the s.e.a.l.s were able to grab from his house on their way out, including a handwritten notebook.
in islamabad again for us tonight. peter, good evening.
brian, good evening to you.
news has learned in that handwritten notebook,
osama bin ladin
was focused on what one u.s. official calls spectacular attacks. he specifically mentioned four major u.s. cities as potential
targets. new york, washington, chicago and
and intelligence officials tell
news from inside his hideout,
was fully engaged to carry out other 9/11 style attacks. describing him as a micro manager and meticulous note taker. he used his compound as a
command and control
. compiling his thoughts and plans for new attacks in multiple documents including a handwritten 10-page notebook.
he mentions the
, he mentions certain important dates, for example, the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 which is coming up. he mentions transportation, aviation and rail.
this wave of intelligence is emerging through a government campaign of briefings and orchestrated leaks. he was preoccupied with attacking the
over all other targets. a fixation that led to friction with followers.
news has learned the president and top
officials were listed as potential targets. but the vice president was said to be less of a target. why the information onslaught?
they're sending a message to members of
that the americans may have information about you, they may have information about your whereabouts, about your plans, about your intentions, and it causes them to question what they're going to do.
also seized in the raid, personal correspondence between
leaders. he spoke of where to attack, what times to attack, and which of his officers would be right for specific jobs. the navy s.e.a.l.s focused primarily on
's office and left behind detailed logs of his and
's activities and movements. logs now in the possession of pakistani authorities who have not yet agreed to share them. and tonight the associated press is reporting that
was actually a prolific e-mail writer, even though his compound had no
. through a complex system of thumb drives and couriers he was able to get his message out for years, while avoiding detection.
on the case in islamabad again tonight. peter, thanks.