My pal Rambling Socialist picked up on the fact that the master of self deception, President Musharraf of Pakistan in his new book claims that Omar Saeed Sheikh was a British Spy for MI6.
Now considering how many things he has said in his new autobiography that have been challenged for their truthfulness, which of course doesn't mean they aren't true, this would be a greater embarassment than his allegation the U.S. strong armed him into supporting their attack on Afghanistan.
Despite his show trial in Pakistan there is no evidence that Omar killed WSJ Reporter Daniel Pearl. The Hindu : Omar Sheikh arrested, says Pearl is alive
But true to form he had arranged his kidnapping, which was Omar's speciality, and until Pearl none of his victims had been harmed. Which does smack of the kind of black ops double cross that is typical of security agencies and their moles. And it is interesting that Omar got close to the leadership of Al Qaeda in Pakistan while working for Pakistan's Intelligence Service.
Indian authorities also told the US that the trail led back from Omar Sheikh to the then Chief of ISI, Lt Gen Mahmud Ahmad who was subsequently forced to retire by Pakistan resident Pervez Musharraf. The Indian authorities provided the FBI with the details, including Omar Sheikh’s mobile numbers. Mumbai Bomb Blasts – Intelligence And Counter-Intelligence
He was already under arrest when Pearl was killed. Which gives credence to this allegation obtained by rendition and torture.
US officials say that Khalid Shaik Mohammed, then Al Qaeda's top operational commander, personally executed American reporter Daniel Pearl, who was abducted in Pakistan in January 2002; Mohammed is now in US custody but officials do not say if Mohammed has confessed to murder; British-born Islamic extremist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh is appealing death sentence for role in kidnapping and three other extremists were also found guilty
His trial may have been more of a case of shutting up someone who could embarass the Pakistan security services using the murder of Daniel Pearl as a convinant excuse. Musharraf would know. As an editorial in the Tribune and Indian newspaper stated in 2002; Omar Sheikh’s bombshell
Omar Sheikh has been living in Pakistan for more than two years and he is a British citizen and hence should have been under close police watch. His claims of daring action could be an exaggerated boast to entrench his leadership in the so-called jehadi groups, as the Pakistani authorities say. But it could also be a government defence of distancing itself from the terrorists and shielding its lack of action during all these years when this British citizen was in Pakistan plotting terrorists attacks in an important neighbouring country. Any country interested in democracy will know the dilemma of a military dictatorship trying to damage India.
As fellow blogger Xymphora says;
Of course, Musharraf would say something like that, as it takes the heat off his own country for some of the things that Omar Sheikh has allegedly done, all supposedly on behalf of Pakistani military intelligence. On the other hand, Musharraf’s story fits. Omar Sheikh was from a well-to-do family, educated at a public school, and had excellent marks. Athletic, aggressive, and intelligent. A young Muslim male at a time when such an agent might well be useful. A text-book mark for British intelligence recruitment. Like all alleged terrorists, he suddenly turned into a violent Islamist religious extremist, and ended up in an Afghan training camp (where Aukai Collins knew him as Umar).
As usual with all these ‘terrorists’, all his old friends now say they have trouble imagining such a thing happening to him. He was supposedly radicalized in Bosnia, but Bosnia seems to have been both a school for Islamic terrorists, and the foundation for NATO/German/French/British/American shenanigans in manipulating Islamist terrorist groups in the proto-WarOnTerror phony fight as a ruse for the ClashOfCivilizations-leading-to-NewMiddleEast crapola. So either it is a legitimate 180 degree personality change, or he is fitting into the role he has to play to infiltrate Islamist terrorist organizations on behalf of British intelligence. Which do you think it is?
BBC NEWS | UK | Profile: Omar Saeed Sheikh
Omar Sheikh, 27, was born in London, attended the London School of Economics and was a close associate of Maulana Azhar Masood - founder of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) group, which India blames for an attack on its parliament in December 2001.Omar Sheikh was reportedly a contemporary of England cricket captain Nasser Hussain at the private Forest School, in Snaresbrook.
After passing four A-levels with good grades, Omar Sheikh enrolled at LSE in October 1992.