Canadian authorities have arrested a man for allegedly lying about joining ISIS, including during an appearance on the award-winning 2018 New York Times podcast “Caliphate” that sparked backlash at the time.
WOW.— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) September 25, 2020
Remember the @nytimes' "Caliphate" podcast? The one that won @PeabodyAwards?
One of its main "#ISIS" characters ("Abu Huzayfah") was just arrested in #Canada for making up his story...
How was that not fact checked at the time? https://t.co/kps4hDkRXN
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3. On Facebook, Chaudhry has also called himself a "mujahid." pic.twitter.com/WGhssAiTHx— Stewart Bell (@StewGlobal) September 25, 2020
Controversy and doubts
1. Big news out of Canada: Abu Huzayfah has been arrested on a terrorist “hoax” charge. The narrative tension of our podcast “Caliphate” is the question of whether his account is true. In Chapter 6 we explain the conflicting strands of his story, and what we can and can’t confirm https://t.co/w0CbPGvzeA— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) September 25, 2020
10. As @AmarAmarasingam points out, the hoax charge forces a checkmate: Huzayfah can prove he wasn’t lying by ... giving them whatever evidence they need to prove that he’s a former terrorist - evidence they lacked to charge him with terrorism the first time around.— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) September 25, 2020