Saudis Let Go Terrorist Mughniyeh in 1996 Despite U.S. President's Pleas

[ABC News] Brian Ross - Former White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke says that in 1996 the CIA learned that Hizbullah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh had boarded a commercial flight in Khartoum that was scheduled to stop in Riyadh. "We appealed to the Saudis to grab him when the plane landed, and they refused," Clarke said in an interview broadcast Wednesday. "We raised the level of appeals all the way through Bill Clinton who was on the phone at three in the morning appealing to the highest level in Saudi Arabia to grab him," Clarke said. "Instead, the Saudis refused to let the plane land and it continued on to Damascus."

2008-02-15 01:00:00

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