Washington: The United States has released five videos of Osama bin Laden which give a rare insight into his lifestyle and personality. They were seized during the raid on Osama’s Abbottabad mansion which was an ‘active command and control centre’ of al-Qaeda.

However, authorities have removed audio from the footage because it would be inappropriate to spread the words of terrorists and their propaganda messages, especially bin Laden's, a senior US intelligence official explained.

The rare video footage has not been altered in any other way, the official asserted, adding that bin Laden's Abbottabad compound was "an active command and control centre" for al- Qaeda's top leader.

The video clips, not seen in the public domain so far, were being released to underscore two main points. Firstly, to make it clear that bin Laden remained active in al-Qaeda's terrorist propaganda operations, especially in shaping his own image and second, it is highly unlikely that some of this footage would have resided anywhere else but with bin Laden, the official said.

The first video is a complete yet unreleased bin Laden video. He calls it "A Message to the American People", which US intelligence agencies believe was produced sometime between October 9 and November 5, 2010.

"We don't know why the video hasn't yet appeared," the official said. In this video, bin Laden's beard was dyed black.

In this message, he repeats his usual themes by condemning the US policy and denigrating capitalism, the official said.

The second video, also produced between October 9 and November 5, 2010, shows bin Laden watching his own images on television.

In the longest of all his videos, bin Laden appears to be browsing various news channels, and finally watching his own image being telecast on a television channel. But it is not yet clear, if this was a live telecast of playing a previous recording.

One can see bin Laden gesturing to the person recording him to focus on the image on television of bin Laden firing a rifle.

Not commenting on the fact that in this video his beard is not dyed, the official said he was clearly an al- Qaeda leader who was very interested in his own image.

The last three video clips are short and show rehearsal sessions by the al-Qaeda leader. "Some are clearly out-takes. The first video shows bin Laden practising in front of an armoire," the official said.

The third video clip shows the beginning of a video session where either he or the filmmaker missed the cue and fumbled the lighting.

(Agencies)