Monday, April 25, 2011

Wikileaks shows many al-Qaeda operatives had been placed in Karachi around 9/11

In an odd twist, I think, WikiLeaks documents have apparently pinpointed the movements of many Al Qaeda operatives right on and around the day of 9/11/2001.

Many of them were in the Indian Ocean coastal city of Karachi, Pakistan, site of the film “A Mighty Heart”.

The city has been overshadowed by attention to Islamabad and the mountainous areas. But the report rings a bell with me because a few years ago I was told by someone born in Pakistan (and raised in Europe, apparently as Catholic) that he had met Osama bin Laden as a boy at a “party” in Karachi in December, 2000, about nine months before 9/11.

Karachi has a population of 15-18 million with a tropical climate. 

Sometime after 9/11, the media reported of major Al Qaeda “meetings” in Malaysia in January 2001.

The Washington Post story on the front page, Monday April 25, is by Peter Finn with link here

It’s never been conclusively shown that Osama bin Laden could not have escaped completely via the Indian Ocean after surviving Tora Bora in Dec. 2001. 

I still remember a standing “joke” after my layoff from my main “career” in December 2001. “Take your severance, take your time off, and try to earn the $25 million reward for information leading to the capture of UBL”. 

Wikipedia attribution link for Karachi transportation map. 

(Replacement picture below; see May 7, 2011 posting)

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