Key CIA Prisoner Abu Faraj al-Libbi Arrested by Pakistani's Inter-Services Intelligence

The Pakistani military, working with the U.S. military and U.S. intelligence, has captured Abu Farraj al-Libbi, a man both U.S. and Pakistani officials believe is the current operations director of al-Qaida — the successor to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed — and the man who they believe is responsible for planning al-Qaida attacks on the United States.

[Jose Rodriguez] stated that the most valuable piece of intelligence Abu Faraj al-Libi revealed under torture was that OBL’s courier only communicated with the outside world every two months. From that, Rodriguez concluded that OBL was only a figurehead, no longer the active head of al Qaeda (a conclusion that may have been proven false by the intelligence found at OBL’s compound). Later that year, CIA would shutter the group focusing on finding bin Laden because–they had concluded–al Qaeda was no longer the hierarchy that had made OBL such a key figure earlier.

Libbi was among the detainees who “flagged for us individuals who might have been providing direct support to bin Laden,” said a senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.