Aafia Siddiqui’s Afghanistan arrest confirmed by Wikileak’d report
The August 2008 arrest of Aafia Siddiqui ’95 in by the Afghanistan National Police in Ghazni, Afghanistan was confirmed in a U.S. Army intelligence report released by wikileaks.org.
The leaked report itself, available online at http://wardiary. wikileaks.org/afg/event/2008/07/ AFG20080718n1405.html, confirms some of the more bizarre aspects of Siddiqui’s arrest:
|2008-07-18 15:03||Friendly Action Detained|
42SVC 46463 12421
UNIT: TF RED CURRAHEE GHAZNI ANP
AT 1530Z, While leaving work, Ghazni ANP colonel Ghani Khan and his security detail discovered a woman and teenage boy after dark loitering/acting suspicious IVO the Ghazni Governors Compound. Upon questioning, the woman did not respond to Dari or Pashtu and appeared to only speak Urdu. The woman began to react abnormally and scream Allah Akhbar when ANP officers approached her. As she was being restrained, papers from her purse fell on the ground some of which containing the word bomb. The woman was taken in for questioning at the ANP HQ in Ghazni City. A search of her personal items revealed a purse containing numerous documents on how to build explosives, chemical weapon use, targeting US military assets, excerpts from the Anarchists Arsenal and a 1GB thumb drive with additional related material. The woman also had unknown chemical materials sealed in containers in her purse. A great deal of the evidence is in English. According to documents found on the thumb drive the woman may be western educated (12 years in the US), an MIT graduate with a bachelors in Biology and a masters/PHD in Neuroscience. The woman is currently being held by ANP in Ghazni City and has not been questioned by US forces as of yet. The evidence has been collected and cataloged by 1-506 S2. The Governor of Ghazni has personally questioned at which point the suspect admitted to being there with the intent to kill him and Americans. The Governor intends to hold a press conference in the morning. President Karzi has been notified by the Ghazni Governor.
UPDATE: 18 1300Z, WHILE BEING QUESTIONED, THE FEMALE GOT A HOLD OF A WEAPON, POINTED THE WEAPON AT THE INVESTIGATORS AND AN INVESTIGATOR SHOT THE FEMALE IN SELF PROTECTION. FEMALE WILL BE MEDEVACED TO ORGUN-E. FEMALE WILL BE ESCORTED BY 4 X RED CURRAHEE SCOUTS AND 2 X FBI AGENTS.
THIS EVENT IS STILL OPEN, CURRENTLY CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION.
SUMMARY: ARREST MM(E) 07-18D
EVENT CLOSED AT 2006Z
Report key: 389D588F-AC1C-7149-9F8D2AE15A722142 Tracking number: 20080718153042SVC4646312421 Attack on: FRIEND Complex atack: Reporting unit: TF Currahee SIGACT Manager S-3 Unit name: TF RED CURRAHEE Type of unit: CF Originator group: TF Currahee SIGACT Manager S-3 Updated by group: 101 Bridge SIGACTS Manager MGRS: 42SVC4646312421 CCIR: Sigact: DColor: BLUE
Siddiqui was convicted on seven charges, including murder, in February and is currently awaiting sentencing.
— John A. Hawkinson