845. 2/15/1996

“In February [1996], Sudan’s defense minister, General Elfatih Erwa, secretly visited the United States to propose a trade: Osama bin Laden’s extradition to Saudi Arabia to stand trial in return for an easing of U.S. economic sanctions against Khartoum. …the White House contacted the FBI’s JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force] and the SDNY [Southern District of New York] to see if they had enough evidence on bin Laden to convict him. But they said ‘no.’ The moment was lost.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Peter Lance, Triple Cross, Pages 221-222

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