In several TV appearances this morning, Crown Prince Abdullah’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Adel Al-Jubeir denied reports that Al-Qaeda received assistance from sympathizers within the Saudi security forces. He commented to NBC’s Matt Lauer that the chances of this in the kidnapping of U.S. hostage Paul Johnson were very remote. The militants, he said, have been trying to project an image of support that they really do not have. To a query by CNN’s Bill Hemmer as to why Saudi forces only located Abdulaziz Al-Muqrin after Johnson’s death, he pointed out that Al-Muqrin has been on the most-wanted list for months, and that it was a matter of luck. To CBS’ Hannah Storm he confirmed that Al-Qaeda’s new leader in Riyadh, Salih Mohammad Awadallah Alalawy Aloafi, worked for the Interior Ministry, but was fired from his prison guard position ten years ago.
[NBC Lauer transcript; CNN Hemmer transcript; CBS Storm transcript]