CIA Confirms ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ Was on One of Osama bin Laden’s Computers

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Earlier on Wednesday, the CIA released a trove of data recovered after the deadly raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011. Among the data is a list of some of the videos found on devices in the compound. (The CIA is not releasing any videos it deems “sensitive” or that are still under copyright.) And, well … “Charlie Bit My Finger” — a YouTube staple from 2007 that once held the title as the most viewed YouTube video of all time, which features a small British child, named Charlie, biting his brother’s finger — is on the list.

Other files that stand out are a number of instructional videos for crocheting — baby socks, stars, beanies, a “radiant butterfly” — as well as a number of Tom and Jerry files, and several other animal-related videos, like “Animal_Monkey_Never_Giveup.wmv” and “funy_cats.flv.” There’s also possibly a Jackie Chan movie on the list. Two of the videos seem to be about learning how to count, which probably indicates that at least some of these files were for kids. These file names are wedged in among hundreds of thousands of others, many of which are nonsense strings of code, but a few of which have English titles — “Jack_Hensley_beheaded.wmv” — that you’d probably be less surprised to find on the computers of a man who was once the most wanted terrorist in the world.

‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ Video Found on bin Laden’s Computer