Monday, 25 Apr 2011
By Martin Gould
U.S. authorities believe al-Qaida already has nuclear capacity and is ready to use it, new WikiLeaks documents detailing prisoner interrogations in Guantanamo Bay have revealed.
And during questioning, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed threatened the terror group would unleash a “nuclear hellstorm,” Britain’s Daily Telegraph reveals.
The Telegraph has reviewed the papers obtained by the WikiLeaks website.
The newspaper promises more revelations throughout the week.
The newspaper says “A senior al-Qaida commander claimed that the terrorist group has hidden a nuclear bomb somewhere in Europe which will be detonated if Osama bin Laden is ever caught or assassinated.
The U.S. authorities uncovered numerous attempts by al-Qaida to obtain nuclear materials and fear that terrorists have already bought uranium.
Other revelations reveal a plot to put cyanide into air-conditioning units of public buildings across the United States and to recruit ground staff at London’s Heathrow Airport to make attacks on planes easier.
The Guantanamo papers contain details of interrogations of more than 700 detainees at the U.S. base on the Cuban mainland.
The Telegraph says the United States admits that at least 150 prisoners were innocent and have been released. Some were arrested merely for wearing a certain brand of Casio watch that had been used as a timer by al-Qaida.
But it is the information from Khalid and other high-ranking al-Qaida operatives that is the most disturbing. In one section the papers reveal that Khalid “had numerous plots and plans for operations targeting the United States, its allies, and its interests worldwide.”
Khalid’s 15-page file adds: “Detainee stated that as an enemy of the United States, he thought about the U.S. policies with which he disagreed and how he could change them. Detainee’s plan was to make U.S. citizens suffer, especially economically, which would put pressure on the U.S. government to change its policies.
"Targeting priorities were determined by initially assessing those that would have the greatest economic impact, and secondly which would awaken people politically.”
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