There’s a new audio tape supposedly from Osama bin Laden, in which he (or an amazing facsimile) says that Zacarias Moussaoui was not part of the 9/11 plot.
CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden purportedly said in an audio tape Tuesday that Zacarias Moussaoui — the only person convicted in the U.S. for the Sept. 11 attacks — had nothing to do with the operation.
“He had no connection at all with Sept. 11,” the speaker, claiming to be bin Laden, said in the tape posted on the Internet.
“I am the one in charge of the 19 brothers and I never assigned brother Zacarias to be with them in that mission,” he said, referring to the 19 hijackers.
The al-Qaida chief said the Sept. 11 hijackers were divided into two groups, “pilots and assistants.”
“Since Zacarias Moussaoui was still learning how to fly, he wasn’t No. 20 in the group, as your government has claimed,” bin Laden said. “It knows this very well,” he added.
It’s a softball pitch to the mainstream media and the “progressive” left, who will now respond by spinning this meaningless statement against Bush. The Associated Press is testing the water in the lead paragraph above.
UPDATE at 5/23/06 4:23:22 pm:
First out of the box, as always … the “progressive,” “reality-based” kids at Daily Kos, who see right through this blatant Bushitler COINTELPRO: Daily Kos: Bin Laden - Moussaoui Not Linked to 9/11. (Hat tip: Killgore Trout.)
One wonders about the timing of this AP article entitled “Bin Laden - Moussaoui Not Linked to 9/11”. We had our trial, found him guilty, imprisoned him for life. And now Bin Laden basically says, we got the wrong terrorist.
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So, regardless of whether Bin Laden is telling the truth, now we’ll have a news cycle with Bin Laden again…just after the CATO institute releases “Power Surge” and stories swirl around Karl Rove, NSA domestic datamining of phone records and survellience [sic] of ISP usage, and other bad news for GOP. Time to go to Orange Alert?
I smell counter-intel agit prop in this. Moussaouri [sic] was our token victory of ‘justice’ over the 9/11 event. Having Bin Laden ‘reveal’ this as foolishness might incite (per Rovian logic) average Americans to want real blood, perhaps Iranian. Maybe we’ll soon get tantilizing [sic] tidbit [sic] news from highly placed sources that Osama has been frequenting Iran and is ‘on the border’ with it frequently.