Osama bin Laden is shown watching himself on television, with U.S. President Barack Obama also on screen

A vainglorious Osama Bin Laden dyed his beard black and put on golden robes when he appeared before camera to record his ominous messages to his followers and adversaries from a hideous den in Pakistan.

New video footages released by the Pentagon shows the terror mastermind squatting in a squalid room with bare minimum furnishings and a 14-inch TV set, holding a television remote.

U.S. intelligence officials said the hideout was an active command control of al-Qaeda from where bin Laden controlled the operations of his terror outfit. Pentagon said five videos were found in bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan after Navy SEALS stormed the compound and killed him.

In the visuals, the fugitive is seen surfing through satellite channels, searching for footages of himself being shown on TV.


Osama bin Laden is shown holding a remote while watching himself on television in this video frame grab released by the U.S. Pentagon May 7, 2011.

However, the ramshackle nature of the compound where he lived in is evident from the video grabs recovered from his residence by the navy SEALs who killed him.

The astonishing footages that appear to prove conclusively that Bin Laden was actively engaged in leading his terror ring also shows two things clearly. He was obsessed with himself and loved to watch himself on TV, and that he regularly watched President Obama, his nemesis, appearing on TV.


Osama bin Laden is shown holding a remote while watching himself on television

For a man who was hunted down by the world's sharpest intelligence and military power, he was remarkably in the loop. This shows Bin Laden must certainly have played a key role in Al-Qaeda attacks in various parts of the world since 9/11.

The footages prove that bin Laden watched news real time all the while he was hiding in the compound in Abottabad. There was a computer in his residence though phone lines and internet connections were absent.



A combination of images shows various takes of Osama bin Laden from video images released by the U.S. Pentagon May 7, 2011

Daily Mail reported that other video footages leaked to Al Jazeera showed that the residence of Bin laden was barely habitable, not a plush million-dollar house as reported earlier.