Friday, November 09, 2007

Rudy's Ties to an al Qaeda Associate

The candidate who's made 9/11 a central theme of his presidential campaign may have done business with an al Qaeda associate who helped in the escape of a 9/11 mastermind.

Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has remained on the payroll of his security consulting firm while running for President. He's refused to disclose his entire client list -- and the Wall Street Journal suggests he has a good reason to keep some of those clients secret. From the Journal:

Some of those clients have controversial records. Among those he hasn't disclosed is the government of Qatar, a Persian Gulf state to whom the firm provided security advice, according to the former U.S. ambassador there. Qatar is a strategic U.S. military ally and energy supplier, yet also a country that has been criticized for its conduct toward al Qaeda -- a potential political pitfall for a candidate pitching himself as an uncompromising foe of Islamic terrorism.
Radar magazine reports Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giulianni's consulting firm has been providing security advice to Qatar's internal security ministry.

"Qatar Interior Minister Abdullah bin Khalid Al-Thani has long had ties to top Al Qaeda operatives including Osama Bin Laden, and is believed by many U.S. officials to have personally arranged the narrow escape of Al Qaeda big-wig Khalid Sheikh Mohammed from U.S. agents in 1996, thereby ensuring his freedom to mastermind the 9/11 attacks."
What's Mr. Giulianni saying about all of this? Not a thing. His campaign says they won't discuss his business.

Expect his opponent to talk about it plenty -- in plenty of ads -- if he wins the GOP nomination. (WSJ/Radar)

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