Details emerge about talk between al Qaeda leaders
Nasir al Wuhayshi, the Yemeni leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
August 9th, 2013
06:28 PM ET

Details emerge about talk between al Qaeda leaders

By Barbara Starr

New details are emerging about some of the communication between al Qaeda leaders that prompted so much concern among U.S. officials about an imminent terror threat they decided to close nearly two dozen embassies in the Middle East and Africa.

CNN has previously reported U.S. officials intercepted a message between al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and a top ally in Yemen, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, with al-Zawahiri telling al-Wuhayshi to "do something" - an inference to a terror plot.

Now, two U.S. officials tell CNN that in his communication with al-Zawahiri, al-Wuhayshi, who is the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), laid out a plan for a plot; then, al-Zawahiri acknowledged the communication. Al-Wuhayshi, the officials said, was not asking for permission from al- Zawahiri - but rather informing him of his plans.

This scenario - that al-Wuhayski presented al-Zawahiri with a plan - was first reported Friday in the Wall Street Journal.

CNN has also learned that the al Qaeda leaders communicated via some kind of encrypted messaging system, with multiple points of entry to allow for various parties to join in.

The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that al-Zawahiri, al-Wuhayshi and other al Qaeda leaders spoke via a conference call, but officials continue to insist to CNN that there was no traditional conference call.

Eli Lake, one of the Daily Beast reporters, said later on Wednesday, in an appearance on CNN, that the terrorist gathering was "not a telephone conference call" but rather "a kind of remote conference where people are in."

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      What about the right-wing thugs in Washington, Skorpio? I don't see you saying anything about them or those filthy creeps who operate those ungodly drones which continue to butcher people with complete impunity. Have you any sense of justice at all or just blind, right-wing hatred and ignorance?

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  25. George patton

    it really makes me angry, if US can intercept a message between al Qaeda leader "Ayman al-Zawahiri" and...blah blah blah, why the F is still live? I am sure if they can intercept phone calls, they can pinpoint location too!!! I am very disappointed with Obama.

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    • George Patton-2

      So am I Phunnie boy, so am I. Obama promised back in 2008 to shut down Gitmo and stop the wanton torture of political prisoners there. He also promised to engage the Iranians only to renege later on. We need to find a way to engage the Muslims and give them back the lands that we took from them but most of all, to stop this heinous murder of civilians caused by our ungodly drones!!!

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  26. USAPeasant

    This al-Wuhayashi guy just seems like a small fry that will be toasted in a drone strike, not too worried about him. The real big fish in this pond is Zawahiri. It is pretty clear that Zawahiri is the real mastermind here, and probably was during Osama. Zawahiri is probably hiding in the land of treachery, pakistan, as well. The US needs to get tough on Pakistan, stop sending them money and weapons when we know they have been betraying us for 12+ years by hiding AQ's top leadership.

    Also don't give AQ in Syria weapons, that's just dumb, that's like repeating history right there. I get the point that Assad is a brutal dictator, but whether or not Assad wins or loses really doesn't matter as it appears the Syrians are set to keep fighting regardless of who wins.

    Also good work for once by the State Department on keeping our diplomats safe. I think its pretty sad that not many people are aware of the signficance of the mass embassy closings or even worse thiey think it was a mistake. It is no mistake to be vigiliant about our very real enemies in the world, and it was the right move to take, and possibly thwarted a major terror attack.

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