U.S. officials said, Thursday, that documents seized from Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, show that the dreaded terrorist had planned to cut a deal with the local government - in exchange of amnesty, Laden would refrain from attacking the country.
The documents, which include communications between bin Laden and his top aides, show bin Laden was ready to declare a ceasefire against Pakistan government if they agreed to provide him and his men protection.
Though U.S. officials said there was no evidence that bin Laden actually met the local political leaders, the fact that he even considered such a plan suggests that the al Qaeda leader had some support from the country's military and political leaders.
The new details on what bin Laden planned from his hideout came even as Pakistan granted permission for the C.I.A. to send a forensics team to search bin Laden's compound.
The team will gather up any additional information that can be found, a U.S. official said.
Last week, Islamabad returned the severed tail of a Black hawk helicopter that crashed at the Abbottabad compound on the night of the raid. The U.S. Navy SEALs had blown up the helicopter that was damaged during the raid to prevent sensitive technology from falling into enemy hands.