WASHINGTON (AFP) – A man describing himself as an American member of Al-Qaeda threatened a new wave of attacks on the United States “at any moment,” in a videotape broadcast by ABC News.
A Central Intelligence Agency spokesman told ABC the 75-minute tape “appears to have been produced by Al-Qaeda’s media organization, al Sahab productions,” and is marked with the same logo and graphics seen on previous videos released by Al-Qaeda. But agency officials said they have not been able to authenticate the tape.
The US network said it acquired the tape Friday from a source known to have Taliban and Al-Qaeda contacts in the tribal region of Pakistan. ABC said it paid the source 500 dollars in transportation fees.
The tape features a man identified only as “Azzam the American,” with only his eyes showing through a checkered black-and-white Arabic headscarf covering his face. He was holding a rifle and wearing a vest covered with ammunition pouches.
“No, my fellow countrymen you are guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty. You are as guilty as Bush and Cheney. You’re as guilty as Rumsfeld and Ashcroft and Powell,” the man said in what he called message to America. “After decades of American tyranny and oppression, now it’s our turn to die. Allah willing, the streets of America will run red with blood matching drop for drop the blood of American victims.”
Officials and experts interviewed by ABC speculated that the man on the tape may have learned English as a child in a household of non-native speakers and that English was not his first language.
US officials believe there are several Americans working with Al-Qaeda, including Adam Gadahn, a former California student who is wanted for questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But intelligence officials told ABC the voice on the tape does not match Gadahn’s or that of any Americans suspected of being part of Al-Qaeda.