John on June 29, 2008 at 7:25 am
Apparently US intelligence is none to happy about it:
Late last year, Al-Zawahiri – who has a £13million bounty on his head – posted a message on an extremist website run by Al Qaeda saying he would answer questions on any topic.
US intelligence tracked all the email replies and among them were messages from Abu Hamza. It is understood they were sent from an email address known to be linked to the cleric.
The sources say they have no doubt that al-Zawahiri was personally involved in answering the questions and that those posed by Hamza had genuinely originated from him.
US prosecutors have been fighting for four years to send Hamza for trial in the US. They accuse him of involvement in a global conspiracy to wage jihad against the US and other Western countries.
Among the most serious accusations is one that he was involved in the kidnap by Islamic radicals of 16 tourists in the Yemen in 1998. Four hostages, including three Britons, died in a rescue attempt.
Earlier this month the High Court turned down Hamza’s latest appeal against efforts to send him to the US but his lawyers could still fight his extradition by applying to the House of Lords and the European Court.
For the Americans, frustrated by the length of time it has taken to bring Hamza for trial in the US, the revelation that he was also able to keep in touch with Al Qaeda’s high command has caused widespread anger.
I can’t wait to see what explanation they have to offer.
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