3,201. 12/15/2001

“Lutfullah Mashal, a senior spokesperson for the Afghanistan Interior Ministry, confirmed in 2005…that Bin Laden had paid for his escape from Tora Bora into Pakistan [in December 2001]. …the recipients of the money…[were] Afghan commanders loyal to Maulvi Yunus Khalis. Khalis was a top mujahedin leader during the Afghan-Soviet War whose family compound Bin Laden, with his four wives and many children, moved into for a while. Mashal said, ‘The help was provided because of monetary aid [provided] by Al Qaeda and also partly because of ideological issues…’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Vincent Bugliosi, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Pages 215-216

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