Evidence retrieved from Osama bin Laden's compound shows that he was fully engaged in plotting terrorism attacks around the world. NBC's Robert Windrem reports.
By Robert Windrem, NBC News investigative producer for special projects
"Every morning, he woke up and tried to come up ideas to attack the homeland that he could communicate with subordinates."
That's how a U.S. intelligence official described Osama bin Laden's daily life at the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, based on a continuing review of the materials found on computers, hard drives and thumb drives retrieved by the U.S. assault force.
"He was not retired or isolated. It was beyond inspiration, beyond direction", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The preliminary read of the data flies in the face of the long-held belief that bin Laden had ceased to be operational leader of the terrorist group, the official acknowledged.
"He was fully engaged to carry out other 9-11 attacks," the official added. "He had a reputation as a micromanager but what we found was he was able to balance that micromanagement with a realization that others would have to carry out the operations."
Beyond threat information, the official said the U.S. had found other information that confirms bin Laden's identity, unspecified video and details of plots around the world and associates. The official said the U.S. would not release details of the plots because they don't want others to try to replicate them.