WikiLeaks: Bin Laden ran after 9/11

2011-04-25 22:13

Washington - Al-Qaeda supremo Osama bin Laden and his deputy spent a frantic three months travelling non-stop across Afghanistan after 9/11, according to secret US military files released by WikiLeaks.

The documents, part of intelligence assessments of Guantanamo detainees, showed that bin Laden told Arab fighters just four days after the September 11 2001 attacks to take up arms in Afghanistan against the "infidel invaders," according to the Washington Post.

The Post was among a group of US and European news outlets provided early access to the classified military files obtained by whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

In one sign of how desperate bin Laden had grown after narrowly escaping from the Tora Bora cave complex of eastern Afghanistan in mid-December 2001, the al-Qaeda leader was so strapped for cash that he borrowed $7 000 from a protector, reimbursing him within a year, the documents showed.

Told family to flee to Pakistan

At some point before their escape from Tora Bora, Saudi-born bin Laden and his Egyptian deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri were said to have hosted a steady stream of visitors and ordered their followers to continue attacking Western targets from a makeshift headquarters at a secret guesthouse in or around Kabul.

Bin Laden had his fighters leave training camps and told some of his wives and other women and children to flee to neighbouring Pakistan.

On October 7 2001 during the first days of the US-led bombing campaign of Afghanistan, bin Laden met with top Taliban official Mullah Mansour in the group's spiritual homeland of Kandahar.

Zawahiri accompanied him that month for a meeting with Jalaluddin Haqqani, who still leads a Taliban insurgency targeting the United States and its allies in Afghanistan, the Post added.

Bin Laden then escaped to his Tora Bora refuge that November with Zawahiri and members of his security detail.

He told his associates to "remain strong in their commitment to fight, to obey the leaders, to help the Taliban, and that it was a grave mistake and taboo to leave before the fight was completed," the documents showed.

  • silas.chidi - 2011-04-26 00:03

    If Bin Laden was behind the 911 attacks. I think he could have evacuated his family before September 11. It came as a suprise to him. He had no knowledge of the attack. There was no need for him to prepare himself to run. No wonder he even borrowed money.

      wesleywt - 2011-04-26 09:13

      Massive logical leap there.

  • Lekker Jan - 2011-04-26 04:35

    The "leaked" documents can be a good propaganda tool for the US government.

  • Shivermetimb - 2011-04-26 06:21

    SO if the Americans knew all this why couldn't they catch him?

      de Wet - 2011-04-26 06:36

      The Yanks can't even catch a cold...

      nalinved - 2011-05-02 06:58

      . . . you think they really wanted to catch him ? . . . mmmm, then what would have kept their 'war-machine' going ?

  • thabatao - 2011-04-26 06:55

    And the USA sold billions of Dollars of weapons to many countries. Only the USA scored out of these attacks. Isn't it strange that the USA could get millions of gallons of free oil from Iraq after there invasion. The same from Afganistan. I suppose they will find a reason to attack Nigeria soon. for oil.

  • Ruan - 2011-04-26 08:48

    Why in the world would they try to "catch" a person the CIA trained as an informant in the Far East. With the NSA's supercomputing facility that holds the world's fastest supercomputer , they should have caught the chatter WAY earlier than the attacks even started. Its a oil field coverup people...

      kevin - 2011-04-26 09:27

      It's not just for the oil, it's part of the NWO plan. Without these 'terrorists' the NWO would not have happened. They plan to have the NWO 100% working in 2013 and we will be ruled by martial law. The worst is they will kill of 5.5 bilion people. Bad times coming.

      Sandal - 2011-04-26 09:38

      lol.... 2 yeas time huh? Too bad the worlds ending 2012 xD you should be fine Kev. Dont lose sleep at night now worrying yourself...

  • MactheKnife - 2011-04-26 09:28

    All speculations, no facts.

      grant.hide - 2011-04-26 23:40

      plenty of videos out there. I think actually their is to much evidence. Google it.

  • koolaid - 2011-04-26 10:57

    9/11 was an inside job.

      Wonderboy - 2011-04-26 11:40

      Yes. Bin Laden works for CIA, therefore inside job.

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