Tuesday, April 26, 2011

BBC Covert Ties to Al Qaeda Uncovered by Wikileaks

The Daily Telegraph was passed some documents from Wikileaks:
The files, obtained by the WikiLeaks website and passed to The Daily Telegraph, disclose that a phone number of someone at the BBC was found in the phone books and phones of a number of extremists seized by US forces.
A detainee assessment, dated 21 April 2007, states: "The London, United Kingdom (UK), phone number 0044 207 XXX XXXX was discovered in numerous seized phone books and phones associated with extremist-linked individuals.
“The number is associated with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).” Analysis by The Daily Telegraph suggests the number is one for Bush House, home of the BBC World Service.
The assessment continues that US forces uncovered many “extremist links” to this number, suggesting that extremists could have made contact with BBC employees who were sympathetic to extremists or had information on “ACM [anti-Coalition Militia] operations”.
It says: “(Analyst Note: Numerous extremist links to this BBC number indicates a possible propaganda media network connection. Network analysis might provide leads to individuals with either sympathetic ties to extremists or possibly possessing information on ACM operations.)”

As an almost daily viewer of BBC for the United States, which is broadcast on PBS every day at 5:30 PM & midnight, I can only say one thing: Duh. Anyone who follows the Middle East and watches BBC is struck by the extremely radical take this state-owned agitprop organization propagates on behalf of the Arabs, no matter whom, and against Israel, no matter what the objective matters of the case. I notice that several reporters distort their presentation and Robert Fisk, a notorious useful idiot and fellow traveller for terrorist organizations so radical that years ago Andrew Sullivan invented the term "Fisking" to denote complete distortion of the news to fit a radical pattern, is presented as an awesome oracle of objectivity whenever he comments on BBC TV news.
The Daily Telegraph rang the phone number on Monday. A single tone on the line suggested that it had been disconnected, or was no longer in use.
The possible link between extremism and staff at the BBC will anger the national broadcaster, which prides itself on its impartiality.
The BBC number was given in the file of Turki Mish’awi Za’id Alj-Amri, a Saudi who was “assessed to be a member of al-Qaeda, who travelled to Afghanistan to participate in Jihad”.
The file claims that Alj-Amri had “stayed at al-Qaeda facilities, received training at an al-Qaeda camp, and served under al-Qaida leadership in Tora Bora, AF. “Detainee's pocket litter links him to significant Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) personnel and groups.”
It says: “Many of the telephone numbers in his pocket litter have been associated with multiple ACM personnel, indicating he may have played a greater role in multiple activities than previously assessed.”
Alj-Amri was repatriated to Saudi Arabia from the detention camp seven months later on 9 November 2007, along with 13 other men.
In February 2009 the Saudi Government published a list of the 85 most wanted suspected terrorists, which included an individual named Turki Mashawi Al Aseery.

The Saudi record for "rehabilitation" is spotty to say the very least. Of the 14 repatriated in Sept. 2007 from Guantanamo to Saudi, after subjection to tough love and New Age "attititude-modifying" ministrations over a six-month period, the repatriated Fourteen, with a couple of exceptions, promptly returned to their underground insidious terrorist activities. They became the nucleus of AQAP and are now headquartered in Yemen, presumably along with Al-Amriki, the notorious US-born fugitive whose recordings have recruited such terrorists as the lovelorn Major Hasan, who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers because he wasn't getting any, and the crotch bomber, who flew from Sana'a with magic underwear and passed through a transfer at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam only to see the bomb malfunction on Dec. 24th, 2009 as the plane circled into a descent over Detroit. Other Saudi "repatriates" have been detected plotting against the Saudi Royal Family and trying to repatriate Saudi land seized early last century back under Yemeni control. "Turki Mashawi Al Aseery" mentioned above is of Asiri descent and of Yemeni ethnic lineage and heritage, as is his doppelganger Alj-Amri, whose pocket-litter contained the incriminating BBC phone numbers. Who in the BBC is the "unofficial" liaison with Al-Qaeda.

The BBC has been accused so frequently of being a nest of terrorist-accomplices or wannabees that:
In September 2006 the BBC’s then-chairman Michael Grade organised an “impartiality summit”, hosted by veteran broadcaster Sue Lawley, to assess whether there was a left-leaning bias at the broadcaster.
An account of the meeting, leaked to a Sunday newspaper the following month, showed that that executives accepted they would broadcast an interview with al-Qaeda mastermind Osama Bin Laden, if they were given the opportunity.
In a debate on whether the BBC should interview Bin Laden if he approached them, it was decided the al-Qaeda leader would be given a platform to explain his views.
Andrew Marr later told the newspaper: “The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people.
“It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.”
A BBC spokesperson said: "Independence and impartiality are at the heart of all BBC World Service output. The service has interviewed representatives of organisations from all sides involved in the Afghan conflict so it would not be surprising that a number believed to relate to the BBC Pashto service was in circulation."

But why would repatriated Saudis want to contact the Pashto language service, unless they were fluent in the language from service in Afghanistan or else were aware that the covert BBC mole was located in the Pashto service?

The BBC has a lot of explaining to do and I'll be watching their daily broadcasts to see if they have the journalistic integrity to even bring up these issues. I'm not holding my breath.
UPDATE:Here's a link from the Guardian with the usual leftist rubbish which takes the Wikileaks and tries to turn them into an anti-US rodomontade. The Guardian trash was obtained by the NYT, which no longer looks for reasons to hunt or prevent terrorists from attacking the US---indeed, quite the opposite.

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