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Was Cartoonist Attacker After Hillary?

From a downplaying Associated Press:

[Politiken.dk caption:] U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is believed to have been the potential target of a terrorist attack when she visited Kenya in August.

Reports: Cartoonist attacker earlier held in Kenya

By Malin Rising, Associated Press Writer Sun Jan 3

STOCKHOLM – The Somali man who attacked an artist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad in a controversial cartoon has previously been arrested in Kenya, Danish media reported Sunday.

The Danish intelligence agency PET knew that the 28-year-old Somali man was held in Kenya in September for allegedly participating in plotting an attack against U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Politiken newspaper reported Sunday.

Citing unnamed sources, it said he was later released due to lack of evidence.

Clinton visited Kenya as part of an 11-day-tour of Africa in August.

Denmark’s ambassador to Kenya, Bo Jensen, told the news agency Ritzau that the Somali man was arrested in Kenya at the time for having incomplete travel documents. However, he said Kenyan authorities never told the embassy he was suspected in any terror plot and that the newspaper misunderstood the situation.

PET would not comment Sunday on the reports or the Somali suspect…

On Saturday, the head of the Danish intelligence agency, Jakob Scharf, said the man was suspected of having been involved in terror-related activities in east Africa with the terror group al-Shabab and had been under PET’s surveillance. However, he did not specifically mention Kenya or any attack against Clinton…

There is no English version of the original article from the Politiken available. But here is their report from back in September about the supposed attack on Ms. Clinton:

Kenya releases Dane

15 Sep 2009

A Dane detained by Kenyan police allegedly under suspicion of planning a terrorist attack has been released and sent home without charge.

An ethnic Somali, Danish man who was alleged to have been under suspicion of being a member of the Somali al-Shabaab network, has been released by Kenyan police and sent home to Denmark, according to reports.

According to reports, a group had planned a terrorist attack in Nairobi targeted at two hotels and a bus station and was designed as an attempt on U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who visited Kenya in August.

Five people were arrested in the case, including a man with Danish identity papers whom Kenya’s The Standard newspaper says was put on a direct flight to Copenhagen a week ago.

A source with contacts to the Kenyan Anti-Terror Police Unit tells Politiken.dk that charges against the man have been dropped and that he has been sent to Denmark.

“They had nothing on him, so they sent him to his country of nationality,” the source says adding he was put on a direct flight from Kenya to Copenhagen.

The source adds that four other suspects in the case – three men and a woman – have disappeared and the Kenyan Security Police have refused to comment on them…

It sounds quite plausible to us.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Was Cartoonist Attacker After Hillary?”

  1. JohnMG says:

    Anything to get Hillary back into the news. That, and it must have been a slow news day.

  2. mr_bill says:

    He wasn’t plotting against Hillary, he was delivering some money from the Saudi King to Bill, the intelligence report got scrambled somehow.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    Or .. BJ Clinton hired the guy????

    Hillary sure could use some color .. pretty ‘pasty’.

  4. The Redneck says:

    I don’t believe for a moment the terrorists would attack Hillary.

    Remember the old saying about ‘the enemy of my enemy’?

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