1,027. 5/15/1997

In May 1997, “Mandini al-Tayyib, bin Laden’s brother-in-law and al Qaeda’s chief financial officer, found his way into the hands of Saudi intelligence that month and in return for a promise of asylum agreed to share organization secrets on the condition that none of the information would be passed on to the U.S. The Saudis honored their end of that unseemly deal. But when the British press broke the news that the Saudis had al-Tayyib in custody, then wrongly reported that al-Tayyib’s secrets were being shared with the Americans, panic gripped the East Africa cell–as well as many of their contacts around the world.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – John Miller, Michael Stone, and Chris Mitchell, The Cell, Page 200

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