The CIA Released 321 Gigabytes of Files From Bin Laden's Computer, Which Had a Copy of Final Fantasy VII

The CIA Released 321 Gigabytes of Files From Bin Laden's Computer, Which Had a Copy of Final Fantasy VII

Along with several other copyrighted materials like films and TV shows.

The United States Central Intelligence Agency released a cache of files found on Osama Bin Laden's personal computer taken from the deadly 2011 raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Among the 321 gigabytes of files found on his computer, of which many were related to his operations for Al Qaeda, were copyrighted materials the CIA could not republish. These included several animated movies, TV shows, as well as a copy of Final Fantasy VII.

Final Fantasy VII

The CIA withheld several files containing copyrighted data (among files that were either related to national security, or deemed offensive). However, among the films, TV shows, and video games found on Bin Laden's computer, was a copy of the Square-Enix JRPG Final Fantasy VII. It is one of the many copyrighted entertainment files found on Bin Laden's computer alongside such films as Antz, Cars, The Three Musketeers, and Resident Evil.

This isn't the first time the government revealed that Bin Laden was in some ways a gamer either.

The U.S. Government previously declassified several documents from the 2011 raid back in 2015. Those documents revealed that residents within the safe houses were playing video games like Delta Force: Xtreme 2.

However, there's a far cry between Delta Force: Xtreme 2, a first-person shooter from NovaLogic, to Square-Enix's Final Fantasy VII.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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