March 17, 2014
The self-proclaimed architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks says a former al-Qaida spokesman on trial in New York may have been “an eloquent, spell-binding speaker” who urged attacks on America, but he was not the high-level terrorist that prosecutors allege.
In fact, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was one of a-Qaida’s top organizers of terrorist operations, portrays Sulaiman abu Ghaith as a little-known figure who would never have been privy to details of upcoming attacks on Western targets.
Jurors may get to hear Mohammed’s written testimony this week as Abu Ghaith’s trial on charges of conspiring to kill Americans enters its third week Monday in federal court in lower Manhattan.
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