The U.S. Navy SEAL raid, which lasted under 40 minutes, resulted in the U.S. obtaining a significant amount of intelligence from bin Laden's personal files.
After the raid, desktop computers laid broken on the floor with their hard drives missing -- taken by the SEALs. CDs, papers and laptops were also discovered and spirited from the compound by the SEALs.
For days, U.S. intelligence officials are expected to sift through the material.
"What they are looking for is the plans for attacks that have been submitted for his approval," said former White House counterterror advisor and ABC News consultant Richard Clarke. Also of interest to U.S. intelligence is any information relating to al Qaeda's funding -- "where the money comes from and where the money may be now sitting," he said.