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Home movies of bin Laden emerge

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WASHINGTON (WKOW, AP) -- For years, the world only saw Osama bin Laden in rare propaganda videos.

In the videos, he's portrayed as a charismatic religious figure unfazed by being the target of a worldwide manhunt.

Today, the U.S. released a handful of videos, selected to show bin Laden in a much more candid, unflattering light. In the short clips, bin Laden appears hunched and tired, seated on the floor, watching television wrapped in a wool blanket and wearing a knit cap. Out takes of his propaganda tapes show that they were heavily scripted affairs. He dyed and trimmed his beard for the cameras, then shot and re shot his remarks until the timing and lighting were just right.

The videos were among the evidence seized by Navy SEALs after a pre-dawn raid Monday that killed bin Laden in his walled Pakistani compound.

According to a senior U.S. intelligence official, the movies, along with computer disks, thumb drives and handwritten notes, reveal that bin Laden was still actively involved in planning and directing al-Qaida's plots against the U.S.

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Home movies taken from Osama bin Laden's hideout show the terrorist leader watching news coverage of himself on television.

The videos were seized by Navy SEALs after bin Laden was killed Monday. They were shown to reporters Saturday by intelligence officials.

The five movies offer the first public glimpse at bin Laden's life behind the walls of his compound in suburban Pakistan. The government-selected clips also provide an opportunity for the U.S. to paint bin Laden in an unflattering light to his supporters.

They video include out takes of his propaganda films and, taken together, portray him as someone obsessed with his own image and how he is portrayed to the world.

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Videos retrieved from Osama bin Laden's Pakistan hideout show the terrorist leader watching news coverage of himself on television.

The videos were seized by Navy SEALs during the raid that killed bin Laden early Monday morning in Pakistan.  They were shown to reporters Saturday by intelligence officials.

This set of five movies offers the first glimpse into bin Laden's life at his compound in suburban Pakistan. The clips also include out takes of his propaganda films.

The videos reportedly paint bin Laden as a man who was obsessed with his own image and how he is portrayed to the world.

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