A POTENTIAL INTELLIGENCE ‘MOTHER LODE’…. The Abbottabad compound that housed Osama bin Laden did not have telephone or Internet connections, but the raid did turn up plenty of computer equipment.

To put it mildly, that creates some opportunities.

The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.”

The special operations forces grabbed personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during the lightning raid that killed bin Laden, officials told POLITICO.

“They cleaned it out,” one official said. “Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?”

The official added, “It’s going to be great even if only 10 percent of it is actionable.”

It’s exciting to even consider the possibilities.

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