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Al Qaeda Conference Call?

From: Don W.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 5:35 PM
Exclusive: Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts
by Eli Lake, Josh RoginAug 7,[masked]:45 AM EDT
It wasn’t just any terrorist message that triggered U.S. terror alerts and embassy closures—but a conference call of more than 20 far-flung al Qaeda operatives, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin report.
“Several news outlets reported Monday on an intercepted communication last week between Zawahiri and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate based in Yemen. But The Daily Beast has learned that the discussion between the two al Qaeda leaders happened in a conference call that included the leaders or representatives of the top leadership of al Qaeda and its affiliates calling in from different locations, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence. All told, said one U.S. intelligence official, more than 20 al Qaeda operatives were on the call.”
This is supremely crazy. Osama bin Laden survived for such a long time because he knew that any use of standard communications channels would be an invitation to US intelligence agencies to find him. Obbiously Zawahiri would understand this because Osama would clearly communicate his thinking. On the other side, it would be supremely stupid for the intelligence community to leak that they were listening in on such calls if they were happening. They would destroy access to valuable intelligence. How is this any less treasonous than what Edward Snowden did?
Astonishingly the New York Magazine claims that they have a partial transcript of this conference call:
Exclusive Transcript of Al Qaeda’s Worldwide Conference Call
By Dan Amira
Perhaps these are not the most reliable sites for journalism. However, if this is the least bit accurate there is something quite weird going on.

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