Thursday, September 28, 2006


Daniel Pearl & Musharraf

This snippet from my (as yet mostly unpublished) interview with KTM Director Mathieu Verboud:
Luke : One of the comments you make in the movie brochure (pdf) is Daniel Pearl - is his story directly related to Sibel Edmonds?

Mathieu : Before 9/11, Robert Baer was apparently the first to brief Daniel Pearl about the role of jihadist groups in Pakistan - and the fact that all road always lead to Pakistan.

When 911 happened, lots of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia - but lots of them are connected to the jihad in Pakistan - and Pearl wants to go there to see for himself. He wanted to talk to key people, and the people he eventually got in contact with happened to be very dangerous Islamic fanatics.

Now some say that Pearl wanted to know the Islamic connection to the nuclear effort in Pakistan, or secrets being passed by the Pakistani government to al-Qaeda. David Albright, who is a living encyclopedia in these matters, will confirm that this is indeed a true question: something occurred, but what ? Pearl may have wanted to know. All we know is he was abducted and killed. We also know that the ISI, Pakistan’s dreaded intelligence service, was cooperating to a degree with the FBI’s search of Pearl’s whereabouts.

from the AP today:
Musharraf Memoir Links Al-Qaeda #3 to Daniel Pearl Murder

The former top al-Qaida operative accused of masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks either killed or participated in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, Pakistan's president has alleged for the first time.

In his memoirs released this week, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf accused Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of taking part in Pearl's killing in the southern port city of Karachi following his Jan. 23, 2002 kidnapping. Mohammed is in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.

"The man who may have actually killed Pearl or at least participated in his butchery, we eventually discovered, was none other than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al-Qaida's No. 3," Musharraf wrote in "In The Line of Fire," which was released Monday.

Mohammed has never been officially linked to Pearl's murder during police investigations or the trial that resulted in four Islamic militants being convicted and sentenced to death for the killing.

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