The alleged Prague connection
and Al Qaeda
came through an alleged meeting between September 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta
and Iraqi consulate Ahmad Samir al-Ani
in April 2001. Czech counterintelligence service claimed that Mohamed Atta al-Sayed, a September 11 hijacker, met with Ahmad Samir al-Ani
, the consul
at the Iraqi Embassy in Prague, in a cafe in Prague. This claim, sometimes known as the "Prague connection", is generally considered to be false and has been said to be unsubstantiated by the Senate Intelligence Committee in the United States.
The source for the claim came from a contact the Czech intelligence had within the Iraqi embassy, described in the The Boston Globe
as "a single informant from Prague's Arab community who saw Atta's picture in the news after the 11 September attacks, and who later told his handlers that he had seen him meeting with Ani. Some officials have called the source unreliable."
The story was first leaked
to the Reuters
news service on September 18, 2001. Without naming Prague, Reuters reported that "ecent intelligence information received by the United States showed Atta had met with a representative of Iraqi intelligence this year". The report cited "U.S. government sources". On October 13, 2001, the story was leaked to Czech newspapers. The story was confirmed by the State... Read More