At midday on Friday 5 February, 2016 Julian Assange, John Jones QC, Melinda Taylor, Jennifer Robinson and Baltasar Garzon will be speaking at a press conference at the Frontline Club on the decision made by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the Assange case.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

May 12 - Bush speech writer continues to campain for the indictment of Assange

Bush speech writer continues to campain for the indictment of Assange
12 May

Did WikiLeaks Almost Blow the bin Laden Operation?

May 9, 2011, 1:49 pm


Two weeks ago, WikiLeaks released its so-called “Gitmo Files”—hundreds of pages of classified documents detailing intelligence that captured terrorists provided the United States. As I point out in this morning’s Washington Post, the documents WikiLeaks made public included a file on Abu Faraj al-Libi, one of several CIA detainees who helped lead the agency to Osama bin Laden’s courier. While it garnered little attention at the time, the Abu Faraj document WikiLeaks exposed contained explosive information that could very well have tipped off al Qaeda that the CIA was closing in on bin Laden.

The document says that Abu Faraj “reported on al-Qai’da’s methods for choosing and employing couriers, as well as preferred communications means” and described him as the “communications gateway” between bin Laden and his operatives in Pakistan. It states that “in July 2003, [Abu Faraj] received a letter from UBL’s designated courier” (to whom he referred by a false name, Abd al-Khaliq Jan) in which “UBL stated [Abu Faraj] would be the official messenger between UBL and others in Pakistan.” It continues that “in mid-April 2005, [Abu Faraj] began arranging for a store front to be used as a meeting place and drop point for messages he wanted to exchange” with bin Laden’s courier.

But the most damaging disclosure was this: in order to carry out his new responsibilities, “in mid-2003, [Abu Faraj] moved his family to Abbottabad, PK, and worked between Abbottabad and Peshawar” up until his arrest in 2005. In other words, the WikiLeaks document exposed the fact that CIA detainees had linked bin Laden’s courier to Abbottabad, the city where bin Laden was killed one week ago.

If al Qaeda leaders had read this classified document before Navy SEALs reached bin Laden’s compound, the results could have been disastrous. The terrorists would have been alerted to the fact that the CIA was on the trail of bin Laden’s principal courier, and had made the connection between the courier, bin Laden, and Abbottabad, which could have blown the entire bin Laden operation.

Was it a mere coincidence that the bin Laden raid took place almost a week to the day after the release of the WikiLeaks documents? Or did U.S. officials move in to get bin Laden before al Qaeda had time to figure out that that the CIA had learned about the Abbottabad connection?

One thing is clear: WikiLeaks remains a menace to U.S. national security. Yet despite promises to take action to stop the group’s serial disclosures, the Obama administration has done virtually nothing to shut down WikiLeaks or bring its leaders to justice. It is far past time for the Obama administration to indict, arrest, and try Julian Assange. His unlawful dissemination of classified materials may have almost cost us Osama bin Laden. For this disclosure alone, Assange should be put away for life.


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