Pakistan: Intercepts show Bhutto’s murder linked to Al Qaeda; Update: Intercept transcript added

posted at 12:02 pm on December 28, 2007 by Allahpundit

Emphasis on “linked.” The actual group responsible is allegedly Lashkar e-Jhangvi, one of those domestic Pakistani jihadist outfits with “ties” to AQ and the Taliban that I mentioned yesterday. How’d they figure out the killer was with LeJ? Possibly by physically reassembling his mangled head. The smoking gun, according to the Interior Ministry, was a message intercepted earlier today from Taliban chieftain Baitullah Mehsud congratulating his boys on a job well done. Mehsud was also allegedly behind the failed assassination bombings against Bhutto in October and, conveniently, operates in Waziristan, so in case any further reason was needed to take “aggressive action” in the area, Musharraf now has it. A Pakistani TV station also reported today that AQ had formally taken responsibility for the killing but I can’t tell from the article if they’re referring to the statement that was given yesterday to AKI or to something new. Doesn’t matter; like I said last night, Al Qaeda has every incentive to claim they did it whether they did or not.

Meanwhile, lots of speculation about how she died. Drudge has been teasing this curious story claiming that she wasn’t hit by either of the two bullets fired at her but did have some sort of head wound from which “brain matter was exuding.” Her doctor says the wound was big but the examination revealed no foreign objects inside. The Interior Ministry thinks she hit her head on the sunroof. According to the photographer who witnessed it, she disappeared inside the vehicle after the shots rang out; Bob Owens reasons that the security detail inside must have heard the bullets being fired and pulled her down with great force. Enough, though, to literally knock her brains out of her skull? I’m guessing it was the force from the bomb that slammed her against the roof, but as Bob says, we’ll never know for sure since there was no autopsy. Government cover-up? Not if you believe the prime minister. He says it was by Bhutto’s husband’s request. Hmmm.

Update: Here we go.

Cheema said Bhutto was killed when she tried to duck back into the vehicle, and the shock waves from the blast knocked her head into a lever attached to the sunroof, fracturing her skull.

Update: The Telegraph has an English translation of the intercepted call between Mehsud and one of his capos. There were three assassins involved?


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Clearly it was a case of suicide.

amish on December 28, 2007 at 12:08 PM

we’ll never know for sure since there was no autopsy. Government cover-up? Not if you believe the prime minister. He says it was by Bhutto’s husband’s request.

As is Muslim custom.

bnelson44 on December 28, 2007 at 12:09 PM

Finally we can have an end to the CiaMafiaCastroRussianMilitaryIndustrialComplex did Kennedy stories. Has anyone checked on the location of Rosie O’Donnel yesterday?

Until, and unless, we get a written op-order from AQ we will never know for sure.

Limerick on December 28, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Appreciate the post & update AP. You’ve turned this place into almost a one-stop show for credible related links for those of us with an eye on the news..

Spirit of 1776 on December 28, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Is there anyone left alive from the Warren commision? I say subpoena all the video from the event. I heard a guy named Akmed Oswald did it from the Koran depository. The answers will be classified for 25 years cause we can’t handle the truth.

sonnyspats1 on December 28, 2007 at 12:42 PM

John Edwards will now ruthlessly go after sunroof lever manufacturers. “We will destroy you!”

pedestrian on December 28, 2007 at 12:47 PM

When are the conspiracy theorists coming out with this scenario:

“The Bush Admin worked cloesly together with Musharraf to stage the assasination in order to create an impetus for Pakistan to allow U.S Marines into the country. The Marines would then be able to attack the south-eastern mountain area of Pakistan where most of the Taliban originate from, as well as a possible hiding spot for Osama Bin Laden.”

Its Tommy on December 28, 2007 at 12:47 PM

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s gonna be a rough ride in Pakistan these next several weeks and months. May God help them all.

Zorro on December 28, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Actually…her winning would have let US forces in the country…

anyway they survived much worse…we just make it worse because of Bush. I hate to say it but everything is about him.

tomas on December 28, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Is she still dead?

I guess well have to wait until Monday when Mr. Islam is back to work at the Pentagon to get to the bottom of things.

BL@KBIRD on December 28, 2007 at 1:49 PM

When are the conspiracy theorists coming out with this scenario:

“The Bush Admin worked cloesly together with Musharraf to stage the assasination in order to create an impetus for Pakistan to allow U.S Marines into the country. The Marines would then be able to attack the south-eastern mountain area of Pakistan where most of the Taliban originate from, as well as a possible hiding spot for Osama Bin Laden.”

Its Tommy on December 28, 2007 at 12:47 PM

Dude, where have you been? It was out there yesterday!

BallisticBob on December 28, 2007 at 2:12 PM