UPDATE: intensive Lexis Nexis searches return ZERO results for any of the names listed in the CNN story prior to October 4th.
6:40am (central) / October 4, 2008
The US Military says it killed the top al Qaeda mastermind in Iraq – but there is no mention of his name anywhere on the internet prior to the release of the story.
CNN is reporting early this morning that “U.S. military says al Qaeda in Iraq mastermind [is] dead.” The story is hitting the wires and running like crazy. But I think I smell a rat. I challenge all of my conservative readers to prove me wrong, because I don’t want to believe what I think may be true. According to the first two paragraphs of the story:
“Coalition forces in Baghdad have killed the man believed to be the mastermind of recent bombings in the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said. Mahir Ahmad Mahmud Judu al-Zubaydi, also known as Abu Rami and Abu Assad, was believed to be the leader of one of al Qaeda in Iraq’s Baghdad networks, the military said in a statement issued Friday.”
Here is the challenge to my conservative friends. Try and find any reference to any of the following names prior to October 3rd on any website: Mahir Ahmad Mahmud Judu al-Zubaydi, Abu Rami, Abu Assad.
I started with Google News, which returns all news content from the past year (and more). The first mention that any of these three names returns a hit is about six hours ago.
Why is the first online reporting of the name of the top al Qaeda mastermind just moments after his death? While many will argue that covert intelligence kept the name mum, this is surely not the case for the “al Qaeda mastermind” in Iraq.
I smell a rat.
Developing? . . .