Vascular Technology May Tie KSM to Pearl’s Murder

Qaeda Killer’s Veins Implicate Him In Journo’s Murder

Spencer Ackerman|Wired

In 2007, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed proudly confessed to a U.S. military tribunal that he "decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl." Later he recants the confession.

Not many people believed that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who confessed to masterminding 9/11, killed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002. Not because KSM, as he’s known, is too delicate to commit a brutal murder — he boasted about it in U.S. custody — but because the only hard evidence of the slayer’s identity were videotaped stills of his arms. Thanks to a procedure called vascular technology, that might be enough to give KSM away.

The new findings are the painstaking result of a team of journalists and students at Georgetown University, known as the Pearl Project, led by Pearl’s friend and colleague Asra Q. Nomani. For three years, Nomani, who was once skeptical about KSM’s role in Pearl’s murder, reconstructed his kidnapping in Karachi and examined evidence previously unknown to the public. Among that evidence: the FBI had sufficient forensic analysis to tie KSM to the blade that ended Pearl’s life.

Pearl traveled to Pakistan in early 2002 in pursuit of a story about would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid’s ties to al-Qaeda. In Karachi, a man Pearl believed to be a source, Omar Shaikh, kidnapped him and, after learning Pearl was Jewish, transferred him to al-Qaeda operatives, who murdered him and made a snuff film out of it.

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