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Al-Qaida Spokesperson Discusses His Media Strategy

Among the 6,000-plus pages of documents that were gathered during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden is a letter from al-Qaida spokesperson Adam Gadahn written in January 2011 in which he goes into a detailed assessment of American media outlets.

“As for the neutrality of CNN in English, it seems to be in cooperation with the government more than the others (except Fox News of course),” Gadahan writes to an unknown recipient. The letter was one of many released by the Combating Terrorism Center yesterday.

He goes on to say that MSNBC “may be” objective, but he’s bothered by the network’s decision to fire Keith Olbermann and Octavia Nasser for expressing their opinions; 60 Minutes has a good reputation; and ABC could be “one of the best channels” because it heavily promoted an interview with “the Shaykh.”

The letter continues:

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Al Qaeda Spokesman Adam Gadahn Still at Large


Over the weekend, news broke that Adam Gadahn, Al Qaeda’s spokesman and propagandist was captured in Pakistan. It was in fact another U.S. native, Abu Yahya Mujahideen Adam from Pennsylvania.

Gadahn, 31, also known as “Azzam the American,” has avoided capture for years. He’s the first American since the World War II era to be charged with treason. There’s a $1 million reward for information leading the arrest of Gadahn, one of the most-wanted terrorists on the FBI’s list.

The Orange County native is known for appearing in Internet videos in both English and Arabic on a variety of topics, overlaying twisted logic on current events to attract attention and recruits.