Al-Qaida's American spokesman accuses US of piracy

CAIRO (AP) - Al-Qaida's American spokesman says the U.S.'s kidnapping of an al-Qaida suspect from Libya is a crime of piracy, urging Libyans to attack U.S. interests everywhere.

Adam Gadahn, a former Osama bin Laden spokesman, said in an audio speech posted on militant websites late Saturday that Abu Anas al-Libi had no role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa because he had left al-Qaida and formed a new group.

U.S. special forces snatched al-Libi off the streets of Tripoli in October and detained him on a U.S. warship before bringing him to the U.S. to stand trial.

"The kidnapping is a new episode in a series of U.S. crimes of piracy," he said, urging Libyans to "stand up for revenge" and attack U.S. foreign and domestic interests.


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