The wantedterrorist and founder ofAl-Qaeda waskilled May 2, 2011 by a United States special unit. Six years later, in 2017, theCIA released more than 470000 files fromOsama Bin Laden's private computer that was seized during the raid. The public has since been able to access the terrorist's data online without restrictions — including everything from family photographs,propaganda footage, pirated movies to strategic documents and hisdigitized personal diary. According to theCIA, malware, pornography and copyrighted material were removed.
The unauthorized publication of private data online is an invasion ofprivacy. Considering the acts ofBin Laden and the value of the material for researchers and jounalists, theCIA decided to breach that privacy — in an effort to enhance public understanding of theAl-Qaeda.