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'Small Circle' In Al-Qaida Plotted Post-Sept. 11 Attacks

Information in the files is largely from interrogations of detainees being held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Sept. 16, 2010, file photo taken at Guantanamo Bay.)
Information in the files is largely from interrogations of detainees being held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Sept. 16, 2010, file photo taken at Guantanamo Bay.)

News outlets continue to sift through the latest WikiLeaks documents to see what the previously secret U.S. files contain.

This morning:

-- The New York Times focuses on how the papers indicate that "a small circle" of al-Qaida operatives "explored ways to follow up on the [Sept. 11] hijackings with new attacks." One scheme: Pack plastic explosives "into the United States inside containers of women's and children's clothing." None of the plots were acted upon, the Timessays.

-- According toThe Guardian, "an al-Qaida operative accused of bombing two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 2002 was at the same time working for British intelligence, according to secret files on detainees who were shipped to the US military's Guantánamo Bay prison camp."

-- The Los Angeles Times says there's evidence in the documents that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has claimed to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, was warned by al-Qaida leadership not to kill Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, but went ahead with the murder anyway.

Monday morning, NPR joined with the New York Times to report that "thousands of pages of previously secret military documents about detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison now put a name, a history and a face on hundreds of men in captivity there."

And last evening on All Things Considered, as we said, NPR's Margot Williams and Dina Temple-Raston reported on how the documents "offer a glimpse of how interrogators worked to identify detainees and find any terrorism links."

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