No, what everyone really wanted to know was his sex life. Because the idea that he may have kept them with him just because they were family seems to be beyond the realm of possibility.
No, he obviously kept them for sex! Now let’s find out how he did it!
In all seriousness, the wives actually haven't said much. They lived him, they travelled with him, he visited them every now and then. But they were not heavily involved or political. They were just his companions. The mothers of his children. They described him as loving, caring, strict, soft-spoken and devout. That’s about it.
The SEALs left them in Pakistani hands when they took his body. The Pakistanis detained his family, interrogated the wives for months, imprisoned them for 45 days for "illegally entering the country" (because apparently that was the biggest issue Pakistan had with Osama's family living so close to Islamabad) and then quietly deported them to Saudi Arabia on Friday, April 27 2012.
The Saudi's have announced that they had no terror links themselves and agreed to let them live in the Kingdom.
Image: A minivan carries the family of Osama bin Laden, in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, April 26, 2012.