Josh Marshall’s guest blogger, Spencer Ackerman, interviewed that anonymous intelligence official I mentioned the other day. Some nice insights into the relationship between Al Qaeda and Iraq.
We saw al-Qaeda execute the operation of killing one American, kidnapping another, within two days. It reinforces the idea of nearly simultaneous attacks. They posted the information about Mr. Johnson, said what they wanted, said what they were going to do, and did it. Which perhaps is the most important trademark for al-Qaeda: they tell you what they’re going to do and then they do it.