What Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Binalshibh Told al-Jazeera
There are several references in the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's enemy combatant hearing transcript Friday to an al-Jazeera interview. Before their arrests, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi Binalshibh were interviewed by Yosri Fouda, London bureau chief for al-Jazeera.
The interview is listed as part of the evidence against Khalid. Khalid tells the hearing officer he never told the reporter he was the head of al Qaida's military committee. He wanted to call Ramzi Binalshibh as a witness at the hearing to back him up on this. The hearing officer denied the request.
The al-Jazeera interview was described in detail in a September 9, 2002 London Times article by Dominic Kennedy. It's not online that I know of, but is available on Lexis.
"A slip of the tongue by one of Osama bin Laden's top henchmen seems to have betrayed al-Qaeda's most potent secret: its charismatic leader is dead."
"The blunder was made by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has confessed to being the operational mastermind behind the September 11 attacks. He made his mistake while disclosing many of the secrets behind the atrocities, which were plotted in Kandahar, the religious extremist Taleban movement's Afghan spiritual home."
"The target of the fourth, thwarted hijack attack in Washington was Congress, not the White House; the original plan was to crash aircraft into atomic power stations; and the plotters used simple codes to keep in touch by internet, he disclosed. Mr Mohammed was speaking in a propaganda exercise organised by al-Qaeda in time for the first anniversary of September 11."
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