- U.S. releases unprecedented number of Osama bin Laden documents from 2011 raid
- Documents show bin Laden's correspondence with family and al Qaeda associates
- Material paints complex portrait of the world's most wanted man in years before his death
Watch the special "'We Got Him': President Obama, Bin Laden and the Future of the War on Terror" on "Anderson Cooper 360°" Monday at 8 p.m. E.T.
Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at Arizona State University. He is the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden -- From 9/11 to Abbottabad." This article was originally published in May, 2015.
(CNN)In his final years hiding in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was a man who at once showed great love and interest in his own family while he coldly drew up quixotic plans for mass casualty attacks on Americans, according to documents seized by Navy SEALs the night he was killed.