Breaking news: American AQ spokesman to be indicted for treason
WASHINGTON — The American Al Qaeda spokesman known as “Azzam the American” is expected to be indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, FOX News has learned.
Adam Yahiye Gadahn, whose exact whereabouts is unknown but is believed to be in Pakistan, is expected to be charged with material support and treason, sources told FOX News. If the treason charged is agreed to by the grand jury, it will be the first time an American has been charged with treason since 1952.
The treason charge, according to sources in Los Angeles and Washinton, is based primarily on the statements Gadahn has made in his video presentations.
A 48-minute video posted on an Islamic militant Web site last month included footage of Al Qaeda’s No. 2 man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Gadahn, who the FBI believes attended Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and served as an Al Qaeda translator.
It was the second time the American-born Gadahn, 28, has appeared in the same video with al-Zawahiri. In a July 7 video marking the one-year anniversary of bombings against the London transit system, Gadahn appeared briefly, saying no Muslim should “shed tears” for Westerners killed by Al Qaeda attacks.
Officials, terror experts and members of the mosque Gadahn used to attend in California also believe that the man in a video aired in October 2004 also was Gadahn. The video shows a man wearing dark glasses and an Arab head gear wrapped around his face, claiming to be an American member of Al Qaeda and promising attacks that will make the streets of America “run red with blood.”
Here’s some background on Adam Gadahn. More recent info here.
Wonder if the ACLU will get involved on Gadahn’s behalf, claiming his rights to free speech and freedom of association are being violated?
Allah has video from CNN of the indictment announcement.
Also blogging about this: Greg Tinti, Kim Priestap at Wizbang, Suitably Flip