Canuck spills al-Qaida secrets to FBI
Date: Sunday, January 19 2003
Topic: Canadian Politics
TORONTO --Â A Canadian man who spent more than six months as a trusted al-Qaida operative has spilled some of the terrorist group's secrets to the FBI during his detainment at a U.S. military base, says a report.
A classified FBI study backs up a 50-page report released Jan. 9 from the Singapore government that contained the first official details of the terrorist activities of Mohammed Mansour Jabarah, a student from St. Catharines, Ont., now 21 years old, reports the National Post.
Jabarah is reported by the FBI to have revealed code words used by al-Qaida terrorist cells in Southeast Asia.
"Market" is code for Malaysia, the report said. "Soup" means Singapore. "Hotel" means Philippines and a "book" is a passport. "Terminal" refers to Indonesia. The code word for Americans: "White meat."
Jabarah's comments in the FBI report dated Aug. 21, 2002, describe his involvement in planning explosions at Western embassies, businesses and tourist resorts in Southeast Asia.
Among people he admitted to conspiring with was the notorious Riduan bin Isamuddin, alias Hambali, the man believed to have staged the Oct. 12 bombing of a nightclub on the Indonesia island of Bali that left almost 200 dead, including two Canadians.
Jabarah was arrested in March in Oman. Authorities handed him to Canadian intelligence agents, who brought him back to Canada. Knowing he would likely be charged by the United States, he decided to co-operate with U.S. investigators