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Bin Laden Plotted to Kill Obama: Reports

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Osama Bin Laden wanted to kill U.S. President Barack Obama as part of a plot to disrupt the 2012 presidential elections, according to a journal taken from the compound in which the al Qaeda leader was killed.

The mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was killed in a U.S. military operation in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last Sunday. U.S. Navy SEALs were able to collect a large amount of hardware from the compound, including more than 100 storage devices, as well as Bin Laden's personal journal.

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Investigators have been analyzing the seized materials for key information about the al Qaeda network and to help them to prevent future terrorist attacks.

U.S. intelligence officials have discovered that Bin Laden was hoping to launch an attack on the president, ABC News reported.

Bin Laden's writings indicate that he urged his supporters to assassinate Obama, and find a way to disrupt the 2012 elections.

"I would say this is probably very personal on Bin Laden's part, to kill a president that he believes has violated the Muslim faith," ABC News consultant and former FBI profiler Brad Garrett said. "He is incensed, inflamed, obsessed about killing the president."

--Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.



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