sage: We already know from the Galactics, Matthew Ward and others that Al Qaeda was not responsible for the attacks on 9/11, so this man’s condemning them should not be taken as an admission of guilt; we all condemned the happenings of that day.
Of course, while it is possible that the former terrorist group leader said whatever it took to get out of jail, just as Judge Roberts showed a 180-degree shift in thinking when he defended President Obama’s Healthcare Law, I think Abu Hafs al-Mauritania may have done the same. This could well be another case of “dark turning light”…
Al-Qaeda Leader Released From Mauritanian Jail
Associated Press, Nouakchott, Mauritania – July 9, 2012
Abu Hafs al-Mauritani, who was a senior adviser to al-Qaeda, was released from a prison in Mauritania over the weekend, his family confirmed.
Sidi Ould Walid said his brother was released after renouncing his ties to the terror network and condemning the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Hafs refused to be interviewed or to be filmed as he left the prison on Saturday.
On militant forums on Monday, jihadists exchanged congratulations over the release. Hafs was an adviser to Osama Bin Laden who helped form the modern al-Qaeda by merging bin Laden’s operation with Ayman al-Zawahri’s Islamic Jihad.
Hafs spent years in custody in Iran before being extradited to Mauritania in April. Walid says his brother was interrogated multiple times and his release indicates he is no longer seen as a threat.
Hafs has been largely out of the game for a decade, but the U.S. is concerned that he could re-emerge as an ideological figure if he fails to follow through on whatever conditions of release he has made with Mauritanian authorities, a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe sensitive intelligence matters.
AP Intelligence Writer Kimberly Dozier contributed to this report from Washington.