• Videos released depicting bin Laden vanity • Taskforce created to sift massive intelligence haul • Al Qaeda vow to take revenge • Bin Laden's widow says they lived in Pakistan for seven years • Pakistan's intelligence chief travelling to Washington • Obama tells SEALS: "Job well done"
The remarkable footage apparently recorded at his Pakistani hideout was part of a cache of videos captured by the US commandos who killed him in a daring night-time raid last week.
It stood in stark contrast to the image he sought to portray of himself to his followers and enemies in other seized videos in which he had dyed his hair and beard a luxuriant black and donned spotless clothing for propaganda recordings.
The five selected clips released by the Pentagon reveal that even in hiding, he was intent on crafting a carefully-manicured image for public consumption in his terrorist videos for the outside world.
A top US intelligence official said that specially-assembled task force drawn from several American agencies is poring through the trove of material recovered from the compound in Abbottabad. He described it was the single largest intelligence haul in the fight against terrorism. It demonstrated that the compound was "an active command and control centre," the US intelligence official said, demonstrating that bin Laden "was far from a figurehead, he was an active player".
But what was most striking was the collection of what is already being dubbed "Osama's home videos".
The most telling shows a bin Laden that was clearly never meant to be seen outside his inner circle. Looking older than his 54 years, he sits on the floor as he uses a remote control to flick between satellite video coverage of himself on a television screen.
The footage begins with a close-up of a small old television perched on a table. It then pans away, revealing first a bare-walled, undecorated room before the first sight of bin Laden outside a propaganda video in more than a decade emerges.
He has a brown blanket drawn around his shoulders, is wearing a black wool cap and most strikingly his beard is flecked white and grey.
Clutching a remote control in his right hand, he flicks between images on screen that are familiar to the rest of the world of his younger self, in camouflage clothing and clutching an assault rifle.
In telling contrast, the other four clips show an image-conscious manicured figure ready for his "prime time" moments.
His beard has been dyed a deep black, he is wearing a spotless white cap and shirt and yellow tunic and he is reading from a script. The lighting has been carefully arranged and, in the longest clips, he is speaking in front of a plain blue wall.
The recording entitled "Message to the American People" was made last October or November and contains familiar diatribes against the West. But there were no final words from beyond the grave for bin Laden as the US did not release the audio, intent on denying him a last message.
The remaining three shorter clips were apparently out-takes as he prepared propaganda videos. In one, the lighting fades and he glances off-camera after apparently messing up his lines.
Intelligence analysts from several US agencies including the CIA and FBI are urgently sifting through the computer hard-drives, thumb drives, mobile phones and paperwork seized from last Monday's raid.
The videos were released as reports emerged that bin Laden had been hiding deep inside Pakistan for more than seven years, even longer than suspected after last week's raid.
Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, one of his wives, has told Pakistani investigators that the Saudi terrorist and his family first lived for two and a half years in a quiet hill village of Chak Shah Mohammad.
She said they moved five years ago to the nearby garrison town of Abbottabad, where he was killed on Monday.
If confirmed, her claim will fuel American anger that the terrorist mastermind was apparently living under the protection of senior figures in the Pakistani military and intelligence services since about 2003.
Indeed, the US has delivered a stark behind-the-scenes ultimatum to Pakistan to hand over al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri and Taliban leader Mullah Omar or face fresh American raids on their soil to capture or kill them, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.
"We have absolutely no doubt that very high-up Pakistani elements were sheltering bin Laden and are still are sheltering Zawahiri and Mullah Omar," said a senior US intelligence source.
Dan Goure, a Pentagon consultant, said: "It is being made very clear at the highest back-channel levels that enough is enough. The era of holding back and diplomatic niceties is over.
"The message is that when find them, we will go after them, and that for the Pakistanis it would be much better for their reputation and for their aid budget if they acted first."
The US has been secretly bolstering its deployment in the region of hunter-killer special forces units, such as the Navy SEAL strike team that killed bin Laden. It is being made clear to Islamabad that more will be deployed on Pakistani soil if they do not cooperate.
Washington has also demanded the identities of top Pakistani intelligence operatives as CIA analysts sift through material seized from the bin Laden compound and try to determine who had contact with him and his aides during his years living in Pakistan.
The blunt "name names" message was delivered during a tense meeting between Pakistani officials and an American envoy who travelled to Islamabad straight after the raid.
There are risks to the confrontational strategy as the US is also dependant on Pakistan for supply lines to Nato forces in Afghanistan. But Washington believes that now is the time to intensify pressure after the revelation that bin Laden had been living deep inside the country apparently for more than seven years.
Top US intelligence officials have cancelled engagements this weekend and are at their desks as analysts pour through the material seized from bin Laden's compound – described as an "al-Qaeda playbook".
The intelligence community has already obtained "positive intelligence" that is helping narrow down the locations of core al-Qaeda leaders, including al Zawahiri, who is widely tipped to emerge as bin Laden's successor.
And Britain has offered the US government SAS anti-terrorist units to help hunt down senior al-Qaeda commanders, The Sunday Telegraphcan disclose.
David Cameron, the prime minister, has given his approval for the elite British troops to be used beyond Afghanistan in order to "decapitate" the al-Qaeda leadership.