US cable names 6 women as potential al Qaeda staff

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 18:41

Melbourne: Whistle-blowing site Wikileaks
has released a secret US diplomatic cable which has named some
six women living in Australia as potential targets of an
al Qaeda plot to recruit women for terror attacks.

The women - four Australians, a Briton and a Filipino -
are among 23 people based in Australia, alleged by Australian
Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the US State
Department to be connected to al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP).

The latest batch of confidential and secret cable,
written by the US embassy in Canberra in January last year,
was sent to US intelligence agencies and 15 American
diplomatic stations around the world.

"Recent threat information suggests (al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula) is looking to identify a female for a
future attack," the cable states referring to the
organisation`s most internationally active branch, local media
reported today.

The document claims al Qaeda has been looking to recruit
women for future terrorist attacks.

Australia has flayed whistle-blowing site, calling it
"incredibly irresponsible" for publishing the cable detailing
Australians with suspected links to Yemeni terrorism.

Wikileaks cables have also reportedly revealed there was
a split between the Government and Reserve Bank over the
handling of the economy during the global financial crisis.

The branch, referred to as AQAP, is believed to have
played a role in most attempted attacks in the West since
2009.

Of particular concern to intelligence agencies is a
belief that many on the list have been in contact with AQAP`s
chief propagandist and radical preacher, Anwar al Awlaqi, a US
citizen believed to be a key figure in AQAP.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 18:39

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