Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is Singing on 9/11

The Associated Press reports that alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has been spilling his guts to U.S. interrogators from his overseas place of detention.

According to the article,

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has told U.S. investigators that he first began plotting the 2001 attacks with terrorist leader Usama bin Laden back in 1996. After examining interregation reports, The Associated Press learned that Mohammed said the original scheme involved the hijacking of five commercial airliners on both U.S. coasts. He said the plan was changed several times in the five years between its conception and execution. Mohammed also divulged that, in its final stages, the hijacking plot called for as many as 22 terrorists and four planes in a first wave, followed by a second wave of suicide hijackings that were to be aided possibly by Al Qaeda (search) allies in southeast Asia, according to the reports.

....Mohammed said al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar were among the four original operatives bin Laden assigned to him for the plot, a significant revelation because those were the only two hijackers whom U.S. authorities were frantically seeking for terrorist ties in the final days before Sept. 11.

What we want to know is if Mohammed supports Moussaoui's claim that Moussaoui was not involved in 9/11. While the article gives the details of Mohammed's statements of everyone else's involvement, as to Moussoui, it only reports:

One of those who received training in Malaysia before coming to the United States was Zacarias Moussaoui, the Frenchman accused of conspiring with the Sept. 11 attacks. Moussaoui has denied being part of the Sept. 11 plot, and U.S. and foreign intelligence officials have said he could have been set for hijacking a plane in a later wave of attacks.

Why the omission? Did the Government black out that part of Mohammed's interview? Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is one of the persons that Moussaoui Judge Lonnie Brinkema ordered the Government to make available for an interview by Moussaui because he may have evidence that would exculpate Moussaoui on the issue of whether Moussaoui was involved in 9/11.

We have reported extensively on Mohammed. At one point back in March, CBS reported that Mohammed said Moussaoui was a small fry who was not involved in the 9/11 attacks. Shortly after that, it was reported that Mohammed said Moussaoui was involved in a planned second wave of attacks that never materialized. All of our coverage on Khalik Mohammed is accessible here. All of our coverage of Zacarias Moussaoui can be found here.

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