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CIA Denies FOIA Request for ‘Classified’ Osama bin Laden Porn Stash

PicMonkey Collage - bin ladenNot long after Osama Bin Laden was killed by Seal Team Six in his Pakistan compound, rumors began to circulate about the leader of Al-Qaeda having an extensive video stash of pornography.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released much of bin Laden’s library files and books on May 20, but declined to release the stash, if it existed, citing the nature of the content. David Covucci, a blogger for the men’s website BroBible, decided to send a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the CIA to see what the world’s most wanted man watched (and did) in his spare time. “We are adults. We can handle it,” Covucci wrote:

We at the men’s general interest publication BroBible dot com (one of the nation’s largest websites for men), would like to know what pornographic materials Osama Bin Laden had in his possession at the time of his death.

We are adults. We can handle it. We would like to know what kind of porn the world’s most wanted man jerked it to. Does being under the constant threat of capture require extra stimulation? I imagine it would be hard for him to focus on his dick, so I figure he had to watch some really nasty shit.

On Monday, he received a response denying his request, saying that the porn is part of the “operational files” recovered from the compound. The response also included a citation of a federal law prohibiting the government “from mailing obscene matter”:

With regard to the pornographic material Osama Bin Laden had in his possession at the time of his death, responsive records, should they exist, would be contained in the operational files. The CIA Information Act, 50 U.S.C 431, as amended, exempts CIA operational files from search, review, publication, and disclosure requirements of the FOIA. To the extent that this material exists, the CIA would be prohibited by 18 USC Section 1461 from mailing obscene matter.

Covucci was less than pleased with the response, but gave the CIA credit for using an actual statute in order to deny the request.

You can see full text of the CIA’s response here:

[h/t Gawker]
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