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Al-Qaeda leader (a known MI5 agent) appeals for hostage release

Abu Qatada appeals for release of hostages

One of Britain's most notorious Islamic extremists [who is in fact a known British intelligence agent, see further reading below] has appealed for the release of Norman Kember, the British peace activist held hostage in Baghdad, calling on "brothers" to show mercy.

Abu Qatada - described by the Government as Osama bin Laden's European ambassador [bin Laden, allegedly the leader of "al-Qaeda", IS is a known CIA agent who has now supposedly changed sides] and an inspiration to the leader of the September 11 hijackers - made his appeal from his cell at Full Sutton maximum security jail, near York. Officials said the request to make an appeal came from Abu Qatada himself through his lawyer Gareth Peirce. The Prison Service gave permission and the filming was done internally, rather than by an outside media organisation.

Abu Qatada is awaiting possible deportation to Jordan as a threat to national security. The broadcast is liable to provoke considerable controversy. Last night, the Government categorically denied that any deal had been done with the prisoner.


The Independent, "Abu Qatada appeals for release of hostages", 8 December 2005.


The Times, "Al-Qaeda cleric exposed as an MI5 double agent", 25 March 2005.
    ONE of al-Qaeda’s most dangerous figures has been revealed as a double agent working for MI5, raising criticism from European governments, which repeatedly called for his arrest.
    Britain ignored warnings — which began before the September 11 attacks — from half a dozen friendly governments about Abu Qatada’s links with terrorist groups and refused to arrest him. Intelligence chiefs hid from European allies their intention to use the cleric as a key informer against Islamic militants in Britain.

Daily Telegraph, "French accuse MI5 of failing to help terror hunt", 15 November 2005.
    French intelligence personnel have accused Britain of failing to cooperate with European partners in the war against Islamic terrorist groups. The allegations, made by senior French officials, have angered MI5 officers.
    France's security services claim that their British counterparts are refusing to share information, work with them or act against known British-based terrorist suspects.
    A senior French intelligence official who reports directly to the President's office said that while there had been a "slight" improvement in cooperation immediately after September 11 last year, "things are now worse than they were before; that is to say, the British just don't appear to be doing anything. It's a pity because Britain has excellent intelligence but your people simply won't cooperate with us."

BBC News, "Who is Osama Bin Laden?", 18 September 2001.
    Born in Saudi Arabia to a Yemeni family, Bin Laden left Saudi Arabia in 1979 to fight against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
    The Afghan jihad was backed with American dollars and had the blessing of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

MSNBC, "Bin Laden comes home to roost", 2004.
    His CIA ties are only the beginning of a woeful story
    As his unclassified CIA biography states, bin Laden left Saudi Arabia to fight the Soviet army in Afghanistan after Moscow’s invasion in 1979. By 1984, he was running a front organization known as Maktab al-Khidamar - the MAK - which funneled money, arms and fighters from the outside world into the Afghan war.

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