August 7th, 2013
10:56 PM ET

Report: Intercepted al Qaeda conference call prompted U.S. embassy closures

According to a bombshell report in The Daily Beast today, an al Qaeda conference call - and by conference call, we're talking 20 al Qaeda operatives - was the catalyst for the closure of nearly two dozen U.S. diplomatic posts.

Eli Lake writes:

"The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda's senior leaders and representatives of several of the group's affiliates throughout the region."

If this is true, it would be a major change in how the terror network communicates.
But not everyone thinks this report adds up.

OutFront: Eli Lake, the reporter who wrote the article.

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