Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wikileaks posts classified CIA memo

Al Jazeera, Aug 25, 2010

The report mentions David Headley, who pleaded guilty to helping the Mumbai attackers in 2008

The whistleblower organisation Wikileaks has released a classified CIA document asking what would happen if foreign countries began to view the US as an “exporter of terrorism”.

The document was prepared by the CIA’s “red cell”, a unit responsible for preparing analysis papers from an adversarial perspective.

It notes that a number of Americans have travelled overseas to commit violent acts, like David Headley, the Pakistani-American man who helped the Mumbai attackers in 2008; and Baruch Goldstein, the Jewish extremist who killed dozens of Palestinians in Hebron in 1994.

US citizens also provided “financial and material support” for armed groups in Northern Ireland: much of the funding for the Irish Republican Army, for example, came from Irish-Americans.

“Contrary to common belief, the American export of terrorism or terrorists is not a recent phenomenon,” the report said.

“Nor has it been associated only with Islamic radicals or people of Middle Eastern, African or South Asian ethnic origin.”

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