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US using arrest in Iraq as means of pressuring for more security in World Cup?

From May 28, South African newspaper Mail & Guardian: “The recent arrest of Saudi national Abdullah Azzam Saleh Misfar al-Qahtani in Iraq followed by this week’s denial by Al-Qa’idah that it planned attacks on the World Cup in South Africa appears to have heightened tensions between the United States and local security agencies. Al-Qahtani is alleged to have plotted to target the Dutch and Danish teams during the tournament. But the alleged plot, dismissed as a “bluff” by Fifa General Secretary Jerome Valcke after an Interpol investigation has not helped South Africa-US security agency relationships. A police source close to the security planning for the tournament questioned the nature of al-Qahtani’s arrest and subsequent televised interview with an international news agency: “Usually, this is not how terror suspects are treated – being paraded around like that to the media. There is a feeling [among the South Africans] that this has been stage-managed by the Americans to apply pressure on us to further increase our World Cup security around them.”

“The source also noted that neither the US nor Iraq had contacted South African security agencies at the time of going to press about Al-Qahtani’s arrest almost two weeks ago. A security sector source said that there were “frustrations” between the USA and South Africa with regard to sharing information around World Cup security, but that “it worked both ways”. The US state department refused to comment on the alleged uneasy relationship between South African and American security agencies, saying that there is “close cooperation between our two governments”…”

Written by nickbiddlenoe

June 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm

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