New Anwar al-Awlaki Interview (Updated)
Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen has written for a variety of publications on Yemen including, among others, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The Independent, The Boston Globe, and The National. He is the co-founder of Waq al-Waq: Islam and Insurgency in Yemen Blog. In 2009, he was a member of the USAID's conflict assessment team for Yemen.
Abdillah Haydar al-Shay'a has published the text of his interview from a few weeks back with Anwar al-Awlaki on al-Jazeera.
Update: It is difficult to square al-Awlaki's description of this e-mail exchange with Hassan as the sort of innocent exchange that could be ignored by US officials or as being consistent with his research - but this is only al-Awlaki's characterization of it and not necessarily the truth.
Money quotes: (The first refers to what is in the letters/e-mails)
كان يسأل عن قتل الجنود الأميركيين والضباط هل ذلك شرعي أم لا؟
سألك هذا السؤال قبل ما يقرب من عام من تنفيذه العملية؟
نعم، وأنا أستغرب أين كانت الأجهزة الأمنية الأميركية التي زعمت في يوم من الأيام أنها تستطيع من الفضاء أن تقرأ أرقام أي لوحة سيارة في أي مكان في العالم.
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