Greetings, America. My Name is Osama bin Laden.

A conversation with the most dangerous man in the world

Osama bin Laden was assassinated four years ago last weekend. Thirteen years before that, before Osama bin Laden was a household name and before that fateful September morning, a television reporter and his cameraman traveled to Pakistan and then, in disguise and under the cloak of darkness, into Afghanistan to meet the world’s most-wanted terrorist in his mountain hideout.

John Miller’s gripping — and at times macabrely funny — chronicle of his interview with Osama bin Laden is an essential document in the history of global terrorism. Originally published in Esquire in February 1999, Miller’s account is, undeniably, a prelude to atrocities to come. It’s also an honest exploration of a question that haunts and mystifies millions: What motivates the world’s most notorious terrorist?

The following photos were introduced as evidence on February 9, 2015, in U.S. v. Khaled al Fawwaz, one of Osama bin Laden’s lieutenants. Al Fawwaz was convicted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on all four terrorism counts on February 26, 2015.

Scroll through the photos and then head over to Esquire Classics to read John Miller’s interview with Osama bin Laden.