Processing Distortion: “Abu Zubaydah’s Diaries Reveal Much”

Peter B. Collins Presents Jason Leopold

Investigative journalist Jason Leopold has just published the second of five parts in a series based on the private diaries that were collected when Abu Zubaydah was picked up in Pakistan in March, 2002. Leopold acquired them from an unnamed intelligence source, and they offer insight into Zubaydah's odyssey from displaced Palestinian raised in Saudi Arabia to jihadist in Afghanistan. The still-classified diaries show that Zubaydah knew bin Laden and other mujahideen, but was definitely not an al Qaeda member or leader, and had no advance knowledge of, or role in 9/11, as originally alleged by US intelligence. He confided to the diary his fear of insects, which was used to create the CIA's approved torture regimen, which also included waterboarding at least 83 times. The series installments are here, here & here.

Jason Leopold, currently reporting for Al Jazeera, has been reporting for 15 years for Dow Jones, the Los Angeles Times, and Truthout. He's an investigative reporter covering Guantanamo, counterterrorism, national security, human rights, open government and civil liberties issues. He is the author of a memoir, News Junkie.

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  1. OK, this interview brings up so many questions for me that I don’t even know where to start.
    But, let me start with Leopold himself. He says he was given these diaries by an intelligence source and he is using Al-Jazeera as his outlet. Red flags abound here: How do we know Leopold really has the writings of Zubaydah in his hands, or if he does have the diaries, how do we know they are the true translations. What I am getting at is that this whole story seems to confirm the “blowback” story of 9/11 which, as we all know, has been thoroughly debunked. This isn’t too suggest that there weren’t legitimiate “jahadis” that wanted to harm the US, but what is the importance of this one man?
    If these diaries really are legit then:
    Was Zubaydah a double-agent for the west that was double-crossed?
    Was Zubaydah always a useful idiot in the 9/11 plan?
    Did Zubaydah only come across CIA radar from the words of Rassam?
    Was Rassam tortured into giving up other names? Is that why he recanted it all?
    Did Zubaydah have one-on-one meetings with NATO-asset Zawahiri? Or bin Laden?

    I guess I’ll just have to read the articles in Al-Jazeera myself to get more information on what was exactly written in the diaries.

    But, after this interview, I’m left with so many more questions that I had before.

  2. Not to pick on Peter, because he did a good interview, but I just wish Sibel had done it. I feel she might have asked a few more pointed questions.

  3. Has anyone trustworthy really authenticated these diaries? If not, then why should we pay them any attention? Remember Hitler’s diaries? They had the imprimatur of a famous historian behind them, and they still turned out to be fake.

  4. CuChulainn says:

    it would be interesting to learn Sibel’s opinion about Cottrell’s new book

    Gladio, NATO’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe: The Pentagon-Nazi-Mafia Terror Axis

    by Richard Cottrell

  5. metrobusman says:

    Same concerns: Why on earth would any intelligence source wanna give Leopold this diary? That is if such a thing really exists. Certainly access to this kind of material would be extremely limited and the government would be able to figure out who leaked it in a nanosecond.

    I’m really surprised to find this kind of thing at this website.

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