Taliban told US it would give up Osama - middleman

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    http://cnn.aimtoday.cnn.com/news/st...tory/0002/20040604/0935099146.htm&floc=NW_1-T

    Taliban told US it would give up Osama - middleman
    By Mark Trevelyan

    BERLIN, June 4 (Reuters) - U.S. and Taliban officials met secretly in Frankfurt almost a year before the September 11 attacks to discuss terms for the Afghans to hand over Osama bin Laden, according to a German television documentary.

    But no agreement was reached and no further negotiations took place before the suicide hijackings in 2001, which bin Laden subsequently hailed in a videotape as the work of his al Qaeda network.

    ZDF television quoted Kabir Mohabbat, an Afghan-American businessman, as saying he tried to broker a deal between the Americans and the purist Islamic Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, who were sheltering bin Laden.

    He quoted the Taliban foreign minister, Mullah Wakil Ahmed Mutawakil, as saying: "You can have him whenever the Americans are ready. Name us a country and we will extradite him."

    A German member of the European Parliament, Elmar Brok, confirmed to Reuters that he had helped Mohabbat in 1999 to establish initial contact with the Americans.

    "I was told (by Mohabbat) that the Taliban had certain ideas about handing over bin Laden, not to the United States but to a third country or to the Court of Justice in The Hague," Brok said.

    "The message was: 'There is willingness to talk about handing over bin Laden', and the aim of the Taliban was clearly to win the recognition of the American government and the lifting of the boycott," he said, referring to the international isolation of the Taliban.

    Brok said he was not in a position to judge how credible the offer was, but he passed it to the U.S. ambassador to Germany, John Kornblum. He said Mohabbat was then summoned to Washington to be interviewed by U.S. officials.

    This led in turn to the German meeting, which ZDF said took place between Taliban ministers and U.S. officials in a Frankfurt hotel in November 2000.

    The documentary, broadcast on Thursday evening, said the Afghans put forward "several offers" and there was talk of holding further negotiations at the U.S. embassy in Pakistan on where and when bin Laden would be handed over.

    In fact, no more talks took place before September 11. But negotiations did resume five days after the attacks, in the Pakistani city of Quetta, ZDF said. This meeting has been previously reported in U.S. media.

    Mohabbat said the Americans pressed in Quetta for the handover of bin Laden within 24 hours, but the Taliban were unable to meet that demand.

    Within weeks, U.S.-led forces intervened in Afghanistan to drive the Taliban from power and kill, capture or disperse al Qaeda fighters based in Afghan training camps. Bin Laden himself is still at large.

    Brok said he had not personally taken part in either of the reported meetings between the Taliban and the United States but believed there had been a "political decision" not to pursue negotiations after the one in Frankfurt.

    He told ZDF: "I have to say that I consider this offer (on bin Laden's handover) very much more seriously with hindsight than I did at the time."

    Former U.S. envoy Kornblum is now head of investment bank Lazard in Germany, and his office said he had no comment. A U.S. embassy spokesman said he was not familiar with the ZDF programme.
     
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    Old news, why are they bringing it up now?
     
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    So Clinton knew and people died?
     
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    So Billy boy was offered Osama another time and didnt take him. Why doesnt that surprise me.

    My real question is, if they wanted to turn him over, why didnt they. we wouldnt have invaded Aghanistan if they had.
     
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    Such a story, if true, could definitely make Bill Clinton and his administration culpable in the arch-crime of 9-11.

    There is also evidence of Bush meeting with members of the Taliban in Texas a year before the attacks to discuss fossil fuel pipelines and who knows what else.

    The cover-up, if there is one, draws in both a Republican and a Democratic administration into the coils of a most devious conspiracy.

    This is all the more reason we should all start voting for third party candidates and break the horrible corruption of the two-party system.
     
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    he couldnt help it he was busy smokeing pot but not in hailing...LOL
     
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    Wonderful. Clinton could nitpick the meaning of the word "is" till hell froze over, but he couldn't come up with a "legal" reason to grab that terrorist bastard.

    May they both rot in hell.
     
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    Clinton didn't want a 'war' to get in the way of his 'economic miracle'. For a Rhodes scholar, one must assume he had the brains to look ahead, but chose a path of destruction for over 3,000 people. All in the hopes that it would be too 'removed' from his watch.
     
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    Got a link to that evidence? Should I even wait?

    Picture a little guy hear wearing a tin hat(my pc is screwed that page won't display properly)
     
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    Yeah, real clever OCA.

    I do have a site. www.gregpalast.com. Or pick up his book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy."

    http://www.democrats.com/view.cfm?id=6458 - this site also details meeting b/t Bush factions and the Taliban
     

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