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Selective WikiLeaks: The Untold Story of Abu Omar

12:51 PM, Dec 27, 2010 • By JOHN ROSENTHAL
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The resemblance is indeed uncanny. Despite his known connections to Seyam, publications like Der Spiegel and WikiLeaks’s other “media partners” typically present Masri as an “innocent man” who had nothing to do with Islamist terror. But documents contained in a classified German government report have identified him, on the contrary, as a “proponent of military Jihad” and even suggest that he had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks. (See my “The CIA Rendition Controversy: Is Khaled Al-Masri Lying?”) It is interesting to note that in a March 1, 2006 article, the New York Times claims to have had full access to the report in question. Nonetheless, its editors appear to have not deemed the revelations regarding Masri as newsworthy.

Perhaps German and/or American authorities know the identity of the mysterious “man from Germany” in the Abu Omar surveillance transcripts. Maybe there are, after all, some clues in the 251,287 diplomatic cables. But what reason do we have to expect Der Spiegel or the New York Times or any of WikiLeaks’s other “media partners” to tell us if there are? And therein consists the farce that is WikiLeaks’s self-styled “Cablegate.”

(For more on the contents of the Abu Omar surveillance tapes, including extensive translated excerpts, see my June 2008 report “Who is Abu Omar?” on World Politics Review.)

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