Fri, Aug 06, 2004
Same Terror Source Reportedly Led To Elevation Of Alert Level
In New York, Washington
The same al Qaeda suspect whose
computer yielded information leading to the elevation of the terror
alert level in Washington in New York may have been involved in a
plot aimed at London's Heathrow Airport, according to the London
Times. The newspaper reports the plan was in its "final
An anonymous source told the French news agency AFP, "[Mohammed
Naeem Noor Khan] was involved in planning for attacks at Heathrow
airport London some time ago and was wanted by the US
Khan had reportedly visited London from his native Pakistan
several times over the past few years. The Times reported he had
passed coded information regarding the British airport to his al
Khan was arrested in Pakistan along with 17 other people, all
taken into custody since July 12th. His arrest and the confiscation
of his laptop computer have reportedly given intelligence agents
"deep insight" into the current structure of the al Qaeda.
Who Gave What To Whom?
But there's controversy surrounding Khan's arrest. British
diplomats have said Pakistan turned over information vital to the
Heathrow investigation after it was obtained from both Khan and his
computer. Pakistan, however, denies providing the UK with any
intelligence. The BBC's correspondent in Pakistan, Zaffar Abbas,
said that nobody there had confirmed the existence of a Heathrow
plot. "Even in the background briefings they have not suggested any
plan about Heathrow."
Abbas reports Pakistani intelligence sources have provided no
information about exactly what Khan had on his computer, but did
confirm the suspect is an al Qaeda communications "expert."
It's also been reported that the same information contained on
Khan's laptop, as well as on several CDs found when he was
arrested, was the basis for the elevation of the terror alert level
in both Washington (DC) and New York from "yellow" to "orange."
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