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According to Al Jazeera America, who quotes a tweet from Bruno Waterfield of the Telegraph UK, Coulibaly and 8 of his coworkers at Coca Cola were documented in 2009 by a local newspaper to have spent the day with then president Nicolas Sarkozy in Élysée Palace, the official residence of France’s serving president. Coincidence?
While the Telegraph says they can’t confirm if it’s the same Amedy Coulibaly, and notes the name in the 2009 newspaper ends with an I not a Y, the picture posted on Twitter of the 2009 French newspaper — click — is a definite match to the pictures of the man the news has been splashing around of the Amedy Coulibaly involved in the hostage situation Friday. They are one in the same.
It gets even more questionable as we look at an article published in Reuters clickthat documents a meeting taking place in Yemen back in 2011 between Said Kouachi — the older of the two brothers who are said to have killed 12 Charlie Hebdo employees Wednesday — and al Qaeda recruiter Anwar al Awlaki, who was exposed as an undercover FBI asset when the group Judicial Watch obtained 900 government papers through the Freedom of Information Act that showed Awlaki was leaving voicemails and emails with FBI agents for years after 9/11, at one point point being released from custody at JFK airport by FBI demand, despite having an outstanding warrant for his immediate arrest.