An al-Qaeda application form for new recruits was discovered among documents in Osama bin Laden’s lair four years ago, according to the U.S intelligence department on Wednesday.
The job application quizzed hopeful jihadists on their career history, foreign language skills and requested emergency contact numbers should they take part in a suicide mission.
The form, chilling in the mundane nature of its bureaucratic questions, was one of hundreds of pieces of information released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday.
The form, translated by the CIA, begins: ‘Please enter the required information accurately and truthfully. Write clearly and legibly. Name, age, marital status.
‘Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?
The employment fill-out form was among 103 items of now-declassified material written by Bin Laden, allowing an insight into his final years as the noose tightened on the 9/11 mastermind.
The glut of papers has given a fascinating insight into bin Laden’s character and shows that he pontificated on everything from his son’s forthcoming wedding to climate change.