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‘Al-Qaeda informant to get RM102m’
March 5, 2003 4:52 AM   Subscribe

‘Al-Qaeda informant to get RM102m’ Rags to riches for former Taliban informant. And a new identify to boot. Whol says you need to buy lottery tickets for sudden welath?
posted by Postroad (8 comments total)

 
Yeah, well, life is all about compromise.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 5:29 AM on March 5, 2003


That seems to be pretty fair value for a tip that leads to the capture of one of the highest ranking al-Qaeda chiefs caught yet (if not the highest-ranking). 17m pounds (or what, $25m or so?) isn't too much to pay for that kind of info.
posted by Zonker at 5:44 AM on March 5, 2003


I'm glad to hear this. I've been wondering for some time if the United States would actually honor it's pledge to pay $25m for information leading to the arrest of the Al-Queda most-wanted. Now that it's demonstrated that it does in fact pay, perhaps we can find a few more souls who will do the world a favor, while taking care of themselves and their families.
posted by mosch at 5:55 AM on March 5, 2003


The Sun is a really reliable source and loves the minorities - in other news, the moon is made of cheese.
posted by brettski at 7:01 AM on March 5, 2003


You don't need to buy a lottery ticket, you just have to buddy up to and give support to the most evil people on earth, then develop a conscience at some point after you realize that killing thousands of people is wrong.

I hope the informant was closer to a bystander than an Osama himself.
posted by askheaves at 9:17 AM on March 5, 2003


Imagine the irony if some or all of that money were funneled to terrorist cells?

I could easily imagine one Colombian drug cartel selling out a competing czar in order to get millions, which they'd use to perpetuate their war.

The US could stand to think a little more aobut blowback when we throw millions into groups and countries for short-term change.
posted by kfury at 9:39 AM on March 5, 2003


I hope the informant was closer to a bystander than an Osama himself.

i doubt it, unfortunately. news on the ground is that al qaeda is overflowing with billionaire warlords but desperately short of poor, confused, badly educated angry young men. this is a real problem for them because, obviously, billionaire masterminds are too valuable to expend on suicide missions.
posted by andrew cooke at 3:52 AM on March 6, 2003


andrew cooke -

"news on the ground"? overflowing with billionaires? geez, care to provide any credible backing for that, or pardon me, is it pure delusional sarcasm? nonsense...

in any case, i agree with mosch - hopefully this will motivate more of these scumbags to give up their fellow scumbags.
posted by reality at 1:48 PM on March 6, 2003


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