August 11, 2004

Beheaded man 'not CIA agent'

See this post in which I speculated that the man being beheaded in the al Qaeda snuff film was probably not a CIA operative. There is no doubt that the beheading film is real, but the victim was most likely not CIA.

Agence France Presse:

A US official denied today that a CIA agent had been beheaded in Iraq, as claimed by an Islamist website that broadcast a video purporting to show the decapitation.

"The man depicted in the video is not a CIA official," the official said, on condition of anonymity.

"No CIA official is missing," the official said, adding that the Central Intelligence Agency knows the whereabouts of everyone on its payroll....

During the four-minute video, an identity card is shown with the purported American's photograph and the mention "visitor".

But the gunmen's words are unintelligible, apart from their cry of "Allah Akbar" (God is great) when the head is cut off.

Like I said, that was the giveaway. But someone died in that video. When we learn of his name, we'll add him to the list of victims.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:56 PM | Comments |