al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden speaks to a selected group of reporters in mountains of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998. The man accused of masterminding the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa says the U.S.-British airstrikes on Iraq make it a ``duty of Muslims to confront, fight and kill'' Americans and Britons. (AP Photo/Rahimullah Yousafzai)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say counterterrorism teams are following new leads and tracking possible new targets as experts finish sifting through files from Osama bin Laden's Pakistani hideout.
The U.S. has stepped up surveillance of al-Qaida operatives who were previously thought less important, after reading their correspondence with bin Laden. The files were taken in a May 2 Navy SEAL raid on the terror leader's compound.
Two officials say the CIA-led team of analysts is "95% done" decrypting and translating the material. They say nothing in the files so far indicates any imminent attack.
One official says that at least two al-Qaida operatives have changed their travel plans in recent weeks, fearful of being hunted.
All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the intelligence.