"I think this treasure trove of intelligence reflects the fixation or the preoccupation that al-Qaida always had with massive record-keeping. [That] may be an effective way to run any organization, but also results in a windfall of intelligence to any counterterrorist agency or intelligence community charged with dismantling that organization."
Bruce Hoffman, professor of peace and security studies, on the windfall of intelligence in the wake of the raid, capture and death of Osama bin Laden.Al-Qaida's Paper Trail: A 'Treasure Trove' For U.S. May 31, 2011, NPR
“Yet, until the documents seized in the May 2 U.S. commando raid on bin Laden’s hide-out in Abbottabad were leaked a week after the raid, the conventional wisdom was that bin Laden was an irrelevant figurehead, especially given al Qaeda’s declining fortunes. Indeed, many U.S. government officials and terrorism analysts went so far as to argue that al Qaeda had ceased to exist in any meaningful operational sense.”
Bruce Hoffman, professor of peace and security studies, on the recent revelation that Osama bin Laden was more involved in current al-Qaida operations than previously believed.Why Osama Bin Laden Mattered May 13, 2011, CNN
“This is not a popularity contest; al Qaeda wants effective leaders. I would expect Zawahiri would be the last man standing.”
Bruce Hoffman, professor of peace and security studies, on a possible leadership fight within al-Qaida.U.S. Is on Alert for Hastened Plots May 4, 2011, The Wall Street Journal