Wikileaks Posts Classified CIA Memo August 25, 2010 Al Jazeera"

"Contrary to common belief, the American export of terrorism or terrorists is not a recent phenomenon," the report said.

Wikileaks Posts Classified CIA Memo

By Al Jazeera

August 25, 2010 Al Jazeera" - -The whistleblower organisation Wikileaks has released a classified CIA document asking what would happen if foreign countries began to view the US as an "exporter of terrorism".

The document was prepared by the CIA's "red cell", a unit responsible for preparing analysis papers from an adversarial perspective.

It notes that a number of Americans have travelled overseas to commit violent acts, like David Headley, the Pakistani-American man who helped the Mumbai attackers in 2008; and Baruch Goldstein, the Jewish extremist who killed dozens of Palestinians in Hebron in 1994.

US citizens also provided "financial and material support" for armed groups in Northern Ireland: much of the funding for the Irish Republican Army, for example, came from Irish-Americans.

"Contrary to common belief, the American export of terrorism or terrorists is not a recent phenomenon," the report said.

"Nor has it been associated only with Islamic radicals or people of Middle Eastern, African or South Asian ethnic origin."

'Simply to provoke thought'

The CIA concluded that foreign governments would be less likely to cooperate with the US on detention, intelligence-sharing, and other issues.

"If the US were seen as an exporter of terrorism, foreign partners may be less willing to cooperate with the United States on extrajudicial activities," the report noted.

George Little, a CIA spokesman, said in a statement that the document was merely a think piece - one of many prepared by the agency.

"These sorts of analytic products, clearly identified as coming from the agency's 'red cell', are designed simply to provoke thought and present different points of view," he said.

Wikileaks has released dozens of leaks over the years, but it gained particular attention last month, when it published more than 75,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan. It has promised to release another 15,000 in the coming weeks.

Wikileaks was heavily criticised by the US government for endangering the lives of Afghan informants and others who work with the US military.

A copy of the PDF document can also be found here:

Headley: double agent?

NEW DELHI: Indian agencies suspect that eagerness of American agencies to protect its mole — David Coleman Headley, who in all probability was a CIA agent who had successfully infiltrated LeT and managed to tip off the US of an impending sea-borne LeT attack on Mumbai well ahead of 26/11 — may have made them reticent about sharing specific details of the 26/11 plot with India despite being in the know.

Source: Times of India - Economic Times - ""Headley may have tipped off US about 26/11"


The CIA denied that Headley had worked for the organisation. “Any suggestion that Headley was working for the CIA is complete and utter nonsense. It’s flat-out false,” Paul Gimigliano, from the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs, said.

Source: The Sunday Times - "Mumbai terror suspect David Headley was ‘rogue US secret agent’"