There has been plenty of discussion over the last 10 years on whether Al Qaeda exists as an Islamic terror network or whether it is a creation of US intelligence.
Famously, Robin Cook, former British Foreign Secretary, said that al Qaeda meant "the data base" of US islamic assets.
This report was mentioned here yesterday. A US citizen - "Islamic convert" has popped up as an al Qaeda frontman. There is still controversy about who exactly was arrested by the Pakistanis, with US spokespeople clearly very unhappy about the idea that the Californian jihadist might have been arrested.
Pakistanis arrest man, but whom ?
U.S. is skeptical that a Californian turned top propagandist for Al Qaeda has been captured in Karachi.
Gahdan in person and as an "Al Qaeda" video performer.
Only last week, a top Jundullah "jihadist" operating against Iran confessed to working for the US.Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan - U.S. officials cast doubt early Monday on Pakistani intelligence statements that Karachi officials had arrested a Southern California native, a top propagandist for Al Qaeda who is wanted by the U.S. on treason charges.
U.S. intelligence agencies spent Sunday sorting out conflicting reports on the purported arrest of Adam Gadahn of Riverside. By late Sunday night, U.S. officials said the picture remained unclear.
"In terms of who may have been arrested, the Pakistani rumor mill belched out three very different possibilities in about six hours," one U.S. official said. "That should tell you something right there. It's by no means clear who, if anyone, the Pakistanis may have captured."
Another U.S. official, who asked not to be identified, said early Monday, "There's no reason to believe that it's true, and we are highly skeptical."
The names that surfaced Sunday included Gadahn, Abu Yahya Al-Libi and Abu Yahya Mujahdeen Al-Adam, said to be an Al Qaeda affiliate born in Pennsylvania.
In Afghanistan there is deep scepticism about these people, many of who have anything but islamic habits when it comes to alcohol, but who threaten local people in the name of Islam.