WASHINGTON (AP) – American authorities investigating the killing
of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan now
believe that he was slain by the hand of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed,
the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Authorities, who had previously cast doubt on reports of
Mohammed’s role, now have new information that leads them to
believe he killed Pearl, said one U.S. official who spoke on the
condition of anonymity. The official declined to detail the
Pearl, the Journal’s South Asia bureau chief, was abducted on
Jan. 23, 2002, while working on a story on Islamic militants in
Four days later, the Journal and other media outlets received
pictures of Pearl with a gun to his head. A group calling itself
the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty
claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
Investigators obtained videotapes apparently showing Pearl being
killed as his throat was cut. It was unclear from the pictures who
killed him. His body was found in May.
Mohammed was captured in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on March 1. The
CIA is interrogating him at an undisclosed location.