Did Bin Laden really have secret porn stash? Claim by US officials provokes widespread ridicule and suspicion
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 15/05/2011 21:44
Among the material seized by US Navy Seals at Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was a "sizeable stash" of pornography, US officials have said.
The statement brought instant ridicule from bloggers, many of whom found the claim either risible, or a further example of unsophisticated briefing which was likely to backfire. A report on the American-owned Associated Press said: "The disclosure that US investigators found pornography... fuels the US narrative that Bin Laden was not the respectable or noble figure that his supporters embraced" - words that bear the imprint of a spin doctor.