Man Without Qualities

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

More To Come

The Associated Press, reflecting a view widely expressed in American media, reports:

[Khalid Shaikh] Mohammed's information about impending terrorist operations and the location of al-Qaida leaders and cells grows more dated by the hour. Whether the CIA can learn anything useful from the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind depends on the skills and methods of the interrogators, Mohammed's willingness to talk and perhaps simply time.

But the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The captured terrorist mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was carrying the names and phone numbers of members of al-Qaeda sleeper cells in North America when he was apprehended, according to intelligence officials.

If the Morning Herald is right, the US already obtained some pretty useful information even if the Sheik never says a word.

UPDATE: Newsweek notes: Investigators also seized a cache of computers, documents and other valuable intelligence when they arrested Mohammed.


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