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Aug 18 2004 ~ " Since Khan had been turned, he was perhaps the most valuable asset inside al-Qaeda Pakistani intelligence ever had"

Juan Cole on the outing of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan. "....The Pakistani government arrested a 25-year-old computer expert in Lahore on July 13. The arrest was never given to the Pakistani press by the Pakistani government, and no notice appeared in any Pakistani or other newspaper. This absence can only be deliberate, since the Pakistanis could easily have held a press conference to trumpet their new captive. This decision to keep the arrest quiet appears to have been made because Khan had been "flipped," i.e., had become a double agent and continued to have email contact with al-Qaeda members in London, e.g., but now with the Pakistani military intelligence listening in.... Pakistan continues to insist that the leak came from the American side, and they also should be in a position to know"

Aug 18 2004 ~ "the Bush administration does time such announcements for political purposes"

Juan Cole..."had Ridge not made his announcement, the press would have had no occasion to go searching for the source of his information... al-Qaeda members on hearing the details Ridge revealed to the American public would know that a real insider had been busted, and would inevitably become so cautious that the Khan sting operation might well have been fatally compromised...The Bush administration at the very least bears indirect responsibility for the outing of Khan..." "...The appearance of Khan's name in the New York Times on August 2 caused the British to have to swoop down on the London al-Qaeda cell to which he was speaking. As it was, 5 of them heard about Khan's arrest and immediately fled. The British got 13, but it was early in their investigation and they had to let 5 go or charge them with minor offences (immigration irregularities e.g.). On Tuesday, the British charged 8 of them....I do not know if the Bush administration made the announcement to take the spotlight off the Kerry campaign right after the Democratic National Convention, but Paul Krugman and others have persuasively argued that the Bush administration does time such announcements for political purposes."