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9-11 attack - The Malayala Manorama scoop
The Exclusive that was printed two and a half years after the "story" broke! In its Feb 7, 2005 edition, The 'leading' newspaper from Kerala, the southern state of India, ran a story with the title, "9-11 attack with knowledge and tactical support of Israeli Government". The item appeared in print, and online, but it appeared only in their Malayalam edition - Link. Quite simply they didn't want anybody other than Malayalees to read it.
What they published in the front page in screaming red color was actually published during May 2002 in several International Newspapers and websites.
To print it as a breaking story shows extreme stupidity or a real need to sell papers by whatever means possible.
Here is a portion of the commentary by Gordon Thomas on 21/05/02:
"Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon authorised the leak of sensitive documents which reveal America's spy agencies were warned about a terrorist strike weeks before September 11. The controversial move has now directly embroiled President George Bush in the 'how-much-did-he-know?' debate over the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon..."
"According to similar documents shown to the Sunday Express, Mossad was running a round-the-clock surveillance operation on some of the September 11 hijackers."
"Other documents leaked to the Sunday Express from several intelligence agencies including the Drugs Enforcement Agency show that two Mossad cells of six Egyptian and Yemeni born Jews, trained at a secret base in Israel's Negev Desert on how to penetrate Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network."
"One team flew to Amsterdam and were under the control of Mossad's Europe Station. This is based at Schipol Airport within the El Al complex. They later made contact in Hamburg with Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker on September 11. The second group flew directly to New York. From there they travelled South to Florida and infiltrated the Bin laden organisation. In August last year, the Mossad team in Europe flew with some of the Hamburg terrorists into Boston, a month before the attack on the twin towers."
About three dozen links to similar reports can be seen at AntiWar.com - The 'Israeli Art Student' Files - All of them published during the 2000-2002 time period!
Episodes like these are not new to Malayala Manorama's reporters. During the now 'infamous' ISRO spy case, they ran a story in one of their publications, "Manorama", in which the reporter wrote he heard the discussion between the 'spy girls' and the ISRO scientist, which happened almost 2 years back inside a hotel room in Trivandrum.
In December 2004, just after the Tsunami disaster, they printed in their front page "Prime Minister Sonia to visit Kerala". Their love and respect to everything "Christian" is well known.
During BJPs rule, their reporters worked overtime to identify and to print the names of all Christians who were either killed or died in mysterious cicumstances each day. In a country with over a billion people, every day at least one person will be murdered by people belonging to other castes.
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