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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bin Dead for Years 

There is an important detail that I missed the first time I commented on David Frost's interview of Benazir Bhutto. Omar Sheikh--"the man who murdered Osama Bin Laden" according to Bhutto--did not kill Daniel Pearl. The Pentagon released a statement in March of 2007 that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to the murder of Pearl. The interview was in November of the same year; she must have known by then. This detail makes it less likely that she misspoke, and if she did, it is less likely that Daniel Pearl was who she intended to name. Perhaps Omar Sheikh did kill Pearl, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession (under torture) is false. The implications either way are staggering.

It is worth noting, as his Wikipedia entry does, that Omar Sheikh "was sentenced to death on July 15, 2002 for killing Pearl". Yet, he is still alive and as of today, "his judicial appeal has not yet been heard".

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