July Surprised

Ackerman, Spencer; Ansari,, Massoud; Judis, John B.
August 2004
New Republic;8/16/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 7/8, p13
Offers a look at the timing of the capture of high-ranking Al Qaeda terrorist figures in Pakistan during the electioneering of presidential candidates in the United States for the 2004 election. Capture of Tanzanian jihadist Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani during the Democratic National Convention; Report that the U.S. President George W. Bush administration was pressuring the Pakistanis to deliver high-ranking terrorists before the November elections; Statement that standard intelligence practices dictate that the capture of Ghailani should not have been made public until investigators had finished with him; Claim that the announcement of the capture will negate much of the intelligence leads Ghailani could have offered.


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