Obama gets letter from alleged 9/11 mastermind from Guantanamo Bay
Was written by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in 2014 but prison officials were reluctant to put it in the mail
President Barack Obama, spending his last days in office at the White House, got a mail from an unlikely source and address. It was a letter written from Guantanamo Bay by the accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
CBS News said officials have confirmed to them about the letter, without revealing details.
The letter was written in 2014, according to The Miami Herald, which was the first to report about this. It said the delivery was made possible after a judicial order which compelled reluctant Guantanamo Bay prison officials to put it in the mail.
Death penalty trial
Mohammed is awaiting his death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay and The Herald reports that because it was delivered before Donald Trump takes office on Friday, Mr. Obama should be able to take it with him into private life.
Mohammed, according to the Herald report, “wrote to Obama in 2014 about ‘Muslim oppression at the hands of the West in general and the United States in particular,’ quoting his then lawyer David Nevin. He also wrote about events in Iraq during the period of US sanctions and ‘events in Palestine and Gaza over the years.’”
The Pentagon’s chief war crimes prosecutor, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, was against the letter being delivered. It amounted to propaganda, according to him.