March 11th, 2010
09:41 AM ET

Pakistan backs away from reported terror suspect arrest

Authorities in Pakistan were backing away Thursday from reports that they had arrested Adam Gadahn, a U.S.-born spokesman for al Qaeda.

Two senior Pakistani government officials said Sunday that investigators in that country had arrested Gadahn, who has been indicted for treason in the United States.

U.S. counterterrorism officials told CNN, however, that they had received no indication from Pakistan that any American had been arrested. One official said there was "no validity" to reports of Gadahn's arrest. Another called the reports "bogus."

On Thursday, a senior Pakistani intelligence official told CNN that Gadahn was not in custody. So did a senior provincial government official who previously had said that Gadahn had been detained.

The U.S. government has offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of Gadahn, who is the first American charged with treason since 1952.

Reports of an arrest came hours after Islamist Web sites posted video of Gadahn praising a November massacre at Fort Hood, Texas. In the video, Gadahn said the Army major charged with gunning down 13 people "lit a path" for other Muslim service members to follow.

Adding to the confusion, a Pakistani military official told CNN on Monday that authorities had arrested a foreign operative linked to al Qaeda, but the official did not specifically describe the man as American and gave no further details.

Rick Snelsire, spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, told CNN Monday that the embassy has not received any information about an American being detained by Pakistani security forces.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. V P Nair

    There is no validity for any news coming from Pakistan. They are notorious for going back on their words.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    They probably caught him, and let him go after updating him with new US tactics. ISI works hand in hand with these terrorists.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. David

    Tell me something new.Pakistan is the hub for such activities.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. reza sopore

    It hardly matters on d ground

    March 11, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Aziz

    The authorities soon after the announcement realised they had acted in haste. Such valueable target was not to be disclosed without due reward.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Holly

    Looks like Pakistan did arrested Adam Gadahn. However, they did not know that Adam Gadahn was a Mossad/FBI agent. It is better for Adam Gadahn to be free mingling with the middle eastern diaspora then to be arrested and back in the USA.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary Ann Austin

    Dear Sir or Mam,
    When we put terror suspects on trail we have a Sys. to dd it, instead of miltary ones.Let's face it our militay Sys.don't have the track record that our Justic does.Also,2 people been let go and 1 still in. We have approx.200 terrioist in prision and none have excape or we have not been hit because of it.Republicians arguments are don't have any facts to back it up. Thank You!
    Mary Ann Austin

    March 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. avais

    we never heard that news here in pakistan on any news channel,how can any news agency put it forward

    March 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. andrej770

    Just like we do here in the US.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PK Pakistani

    It's funny that the very first post was made by an Indian "V P Nair" (a clear Hindu name) bashing Pakistan. It clearly shows the mindset of an Indian. They are more than one billion people who want to be a superpower but lack the mentality of a superpower. Through his statement he wants to demonize Pakistanis infront of the Americans. Does this matter if one is doing his job? As long as Pakistanis are cleaning their homeland from all sorts of foreign rubbish (including Indian sponsored terrorism in Kashmir, NWFP, and Baluchistan) successfully, Pakistanis dont need praise from anyone.

    Moreover, Pakistan has done more than its share of cleaning up these scum of the earth terrorists.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. VK Comments

    PK Pakistani,
    The deficit of trust with Pakistan is what makes first posting by Indian.
    You are right, the mindset of Indian is result of this worthiness of what is being reported.
    You then write, Pakistan dont need praise from anyone, true the cleaning should be for your own country and its people than anyone else.

    The war on terror would have been over, if it is fought for self esteem than for Superpower.

    It is equally funny you mention the religion by reading the name of Indian Hindu, it is your mindset that other religions are waiting to bash.

    March 13, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |