Hold the champagne?
A few hours ago, I reported the good news that Adam Gadahn, the American-born cconvert to Islam, al-Qaeda, and terrorism, had been apprehended in Pakistan only hours after releasing another video in which he called upon “every honest and vigilant Muslim” to take up the terrorist cause of al-Qaeda and start murdering infidels wherever they might be found, “killing or capturing people in government, industry and the media,” for example.
I wondered how his case would be treated: would he be tried in a civilian court or before a military tribunal? One knowledgeable correspondent wrote privately to say that, since Gadahn had already been indicted for treason, it was likely that he would be tired in a civilian court. A more interesting question, he asked, was whether Gadahn would first be vigorously interrogated for the intelligence he, a senior al-Qaeda operative, would surely have. Probably not, he suggested, unless it was by the Pakistanis.
Well, all that may be moot. Although Gadahn's capture was confirmed by more than one news source, CBS is now reporting that it was not Gadahn but a senior Taliban operative who was captured. HotAir has the story:
Whenever it comes to Adam Gadahn, appearances are always deceiving, it seems. First he’s dead, then he’s alive; then he’s out of the Taliban leadership, then back in. Now it seems that despite earlier reports, the Taliban commander captured by the ISI is not Gadahn, at least according to CBS.CBS News’ Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad writes that earlier reports the detained individual was Gadahn proved false. According to a Pakistan security official who spoke with CBS News on condition of anonymity, the arrested individual is in fact “a Taliban militant leader who is known as Abu Yahya.”
CBS, CBS, CBS . . . Didn’t Dan Rather work at CBS? Well, the story must be true, right? Let’s see. Just a few minutes ago HotAir posted an update from CNN insisting that a “senior Pakistani government official” insisted that it was Gadahn. Stay tuned.
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