Osama Bin Laden's Letter to America, Found During Abbottabad Raid, Has Been Released

When Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound was raided on May 2, 2011, a letter the terrorist leader wrote to the American people was seized by American officials. The four-page letter is just one of 113 documents James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, declassified on Tuesday and has been translated by United States intelligence agencies ahead of its release. 

"To the American people, peace be upon those who follow the righteous track," bin Laden wrote in his introduction. "I direct my talk specifically to those who support real change, especially the youth." 

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At one point, bin Laden speaks to the American political process, calling on citizens to create a national revolution. "The way for change and freeing yourselves from the pressure of lobbyists is not through the Republican or the Democratic parties, but through undertaking a great revolution for freedom," bin Laden continued. "It does not only include improvement of your economic situation and ensure your security, but more importantly, helps him in making a rational decision to save humanity from the harmful [greenhouse] gases that threaten its destiny."

In bin Laden's will, also released on Tuesday, bin Laden asks his family to spend the rest of his alleged $29 million fortune on Jihad in Sudan, writing, "I hope, for my brothers, sisters, and maternal aunts, to obey my will and to spend all the money that I have left in Sudan on Jihad, for the sake of Allah," NPR reported. 

Read the full letter below:

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