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WAR: U.S. Senator Asks White House to Explain Khan Leak

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posted on Aug, 10 2004 @ 05:11 PM
Senator Charles Schumer of New York wrote a letter on Friday to the White House and Bush Administration requesting an explanation regarding the leak of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan name to the media, while he was still cooperating with Pakistani officials to help capture additional Al-Qaeda suspects.

Senator Asks White House to Explain Khan Leak
"I respectfully request an explanation to me and any other member of Congress who might wish one of who leaked this Mr. Khan's name, for what reason it was leaked, and whether ... reports that this leak compromised future intelligence activity are accurate," Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, wrote in a letter to White House domestic security adviser Frances Townsend on Aug. 8.
Information from computer expert Khan led the United States to issue a high alert at financial institutions against a possible al Qaeda attack earlier this month, and led Britain to arrest 12 al Qaeda suspects.

It is not clear who was the first to disclose Khan's name, but his unmasking has received criticism on both sides of the political spectrum.

Republican Sen. George Allen of Virginia said on television on Sunday: "In this situation, in my view, they should have kept their mouth shut and just said, 'We have information, trust us."'

Asked about the release of Khan's name, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said it was a hard line to draw between giving the public too much or too little information about terrorist threats.

"We did not, of course, publicly disclose his name," Rice said, adding that it had been given "on background." She did not say when or by whom the name was first revealed.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, is the individual whose computer provided the 10,000 or so disks of information, which was used by the CIA to raise terror alerts for building in New York, Washington D.C. and New Jersey. He is also man that led Pakistani police to capture Tanzanian Al-Ghaliani and the thirteen Al-Qaeda members in England by British officials.. Khan has probably provided the most detailed information regarding Al-Qaeda active members, their operations and communications.

Related News Links:
Leak allowed al-Qaeda suspects to escape
Captured Qaeda Figure Led Way to Information Behind Warning

[edit on 8-10-2004 by worldwatcher]

posted on Aug, 10 2004 @ 05:21 PM
Basically information like this (names of the informants) should be top secret. We may never know what prompted such leak, it's just way too weird. Maybe somebody was paid off to blow the lid on this highly valuable intelligence operation. Whoever did this, did real damage to our security.

posted on Aug, 10 2004 @ 05:34 PM
Agreed Aelita. Right now I am under the impression that his name was leaked by more than one source, probably both the Pakistani and U.S. Gov., it was bound to get out as quick as it did.

posted on Aug, 11 2004 @ 02:19 AM
Actually unless there is some other source i think the first ones who ever leaked his name were the Pakistanis. The original NY times article is not freely available anymore....

Published: August 2, 2004

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 - The unannounced capture of a figure from Al Qaeda in Pakistan several weeks ago led the Central Intelligence Agency to the rich lode of information that prompted the terror alert on Sunday, according to senior American officials.

The figure, Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, was described by a Pakistani intelligence official as a 25-year-old computer engineer, arrested July 13, who had used and helped to operate a secret Qaeda communications system where information was transferred via coded messages.

Excerpted from.
Pakistani Defence Forum

It seems that at least one Pakistani officials blew the whistle on Khan and this led to the US officials releasing his name, then later on they found he was a double agent according to Pakistan.

In the past government agencies have had miscommunication issues, and this doesn't only happen to the US. It seems this time the mistake/miscommunication cost us a good lead to AQ cells. US officials in their rush to give credence to the threat gave too much information.

And sometimes people ask why so much secrecy.....

[edit on 11-8-2004 by Muaddib]

posted on Aug, 11 2004 @ 02:43 AM
Well, after doing some more checking I found the following.

The intelligence official also confirmed the arrest of a computer engineer who would send messages using code words to al-Qaida suspects. Pakistani television reported that his name was Noor Mohammed, but the official said that was just an alias.

Ahmed would not confirm whether the information from Ghailani or the computer expert is what prompted U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to issue a warning Sunday about a possible al-Qaida attack on prominent financial institutions in New York, Washington and Newark, New Jersey.

Excerpted from.
Plans for New Attacks Against U.S. Found

It seems that "Pakistani television" were the ones to report the name of Khan, althou they did not give his full name, it would have been enough to narrow him dow, and the Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, helped to blow the whistle on this AQ op who was captured by Pakistan and made a double agent according to them.

[edit on 11-8-2004 by Muaddib]

posted on Aug, 11 2004 @ 05:09 AM
Could some one please provide just one article that quotes a Pakistani source (either named or not) who states that Khan was working on the inside for the Pakistani government? Because so far I have been unable to find them stating this. The only thing I have been able to find is the Pakistani officials stating they had been obtaining useful information and hoped to obtain more because of the capture and interrogation of Khan since July 13th. This does not imply he was working for them on the inside, but that he, when captured, had a wealth of information.

posted on Aug, 11 2004 @ 08:51 AM
regarding the leak:
Two senior Pakistani officials said initial reports in Western media last week of the capture of 25-year-old Pakistani computer engineer had enabled other al-Qaeda suspects to get away, but declined to say whether the US officials were to blame for the leak. "Let me say that this intelligence leak jeopardised our plan and some al-Qaeda suspects ran away," one of the officials said on condition of anonymity.

"The exposure of Naeems name proved a blow to the investigations," a senior government official said, on condition of anonymity. The arrests also prompted a series of raids in Britain and uncovered past al-Qaeda surveillance in the United States. Reports said on Tuesday Naeem Noor Khan was trying to get into Canada when he was arrested. His application for a visitors visa that would have allowed him to stay in Canada for six months was pending at the time of his arrest, the Globe and Mail and National Post newspapers reported on Tuesday.

The two Pakistani officials said that after Khans arrest, other al-Qaeda suspects abruptly changed their hideouts and moved to unknown places. The first official described the initial publication of the news of Khans arrest as "very disturbing." He said no Pakistani official had leaked the information.

posted on Aug, 11 2004 @ 08:57 AM
and some more:
Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, a 25-year-old Pakistani computer engineer, was nabbed in a July 13 raid in the eastern city of Lahore. He then led Pakistani authorities to a key al-Qaeda figure and cooperated secretly by sending e-mails to terrorists so investigators could trace their locations.

His arrest was first reported in American newspapers on Aug. 2 after it was disclosed to reporters by U.S. officials in Washington. Later, the Pakistan government also confirmed his capture but gave no other details.

Two senior Pakistani officials said the reports in "Western media" enabled other al-Qaeda suspects to get away.

"Let me say that this intelligence leak jeopardized our plan and some al-Qaeda suspects ran away," one of the officials said on condition of anonymity.

The first official described the publication of the news of Khan's arrest as "very disturbing."

"We have checked. No Pakistani official made this intelligence leak," he said.

Without naming any country, he said it was the responsibility of "coalition partners" to examine how a foreign journalist was able to have an access to the "classified information" about Khan's arrest.

The official refused to comment whether any U.S. official was responsible for the leak

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