5,539. 12/31/2003

According to a Washington Post article on December 4, 2005: “authorities focused on Khaled al-Masri, a German citizen whose name matched that of a man believed to have trained in an Al Qaeda camp. He was seized in Macedonia on New Year’s Eve 2003 after local authorities said his passport was fake, and, three weeks later, sent to a detention center in Afghanistan, the report stated. By March, Langley [Virginia, CIA headquarters] discovered that his passport was genuine, and that they had the wrong fellow in custody, the report said. But it took until late May for him to be released, after a debate between the State Department and the CIA over how much to tell the Germans about what had happened.”

 – Tyler Drumheller with Elaine Monaghan, On The Brink, Page 50

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