Al Qaeda hid more than 100 documents of terror plots in a porno movie on a memory disk, a German newspaper and CNN reported.
The memory card was one of several discovered by German authorities when they searched an Austrian who was traveling in Germany after a trip to Pakistan. The memory cards and a digital storage device were found in his underpants.
A password at first kept experts from breaking into the file of pornographic movies, but when the code was cracked, investigators discovered documents that outlined plots, including seizing cruise ships.
Another plot was for carrying out major attacks in Europe similar to the 2008 mega-terror attack on two Mumbai hotels and the Chabad Center that killed 164 people, including the Chabad rabbi, his wife and their guests.
The files also contained training manuals in three languages – English, German and Arabic, according to CNN.
American intelligence sources said that the documents were “pure gold" and the most important discovery of Al Qaeda material since the raid last year that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and resulted in the confiscation of computer hard disks.
The discovery of the documents was first reported by the German newspaper Die Zeit, whose investigative journalist Yassin Musharbash said that one document stated, “We could hijack a passenger ship and use it to pressurize the public,” probably by executing passengers until specific prisoners were released.
The plans also called for filming the passengers’ executions after they would be dressed in clothes similar to those worn by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.