August 8th, 2013
08:15 PM ET

How al Qaeda communicates in secret

On Tuesday, CNN learned about a conference call of sorts between al Qaeda leaders.

According to The Daily Beast, the call was intercepted, prompting an unprecedented terror alert, closing nearly two dozen U.S. embassies.

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

The idea of a conference call between al Qaeda leaders sounded a bit odd to us - it flies in the face of everything we know about the way the terror groups operate.

Erin Burnett spoke with the reporter who broke that story, and he clarified it a bit for us.

"I would say it is not a telephone conference call in that sense. It was a kind of remote conference where people are in. It is something like a teleconference."

So we wanted to do a bit more digging and figure out how al Qaeda really does communicate.

CNN's Tom Foreman has the OutFront investigation.

Filed under: al Qaeda • International
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. dannelson1959


    August 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  2. Pat

    I'm always disturbed when the media publicizes information that obviously should be kept confidential. I realize that we've been having a major discussion about NSA surveillance, but it seems to me that we are jeopardizing our safety when we're telling Al Qaeda that we know how they communicate with each other. This has happened before when the Times published an article saying that we listened in on their phone calls – they simply stopped using cell phones to communicate with each other – making it more difficult for us to learn what they were planning. Are ratings so important that we're willing to risk the safety of our country? It's not like we're talking only to those who have our best interests at heart.

    August 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Reply

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