“The Arabic satellite channel Middle East Broadcasting Corp. [MBC] footage shown Sunday [June 24, 2001] showed a cross-legged bin Laden sitting on a couch along with a companion and MBC reporter Bakr Atyani. Bin Laden seemed ‘happy with the talk of his aides, who said that the coming weeks will hold important surprises that will target American and Israeli interests in the world,’ Atyani said in the report by the London-based, Saudi-owned broadcaster. The MBC report said bin Laden refused to comment himself because Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban militia does not allow him to make statements to the media.”

 – “U.S., Israel Wary Of Bin Laden Attack,” CBS News, Feb. 11, 2009