Al Jazeera Islamabad bureau chief put on terror list by US
A veteran journalist who has interviewed Osama bin Laden and for years managed Al Jazeera’s news bureau in Islamabad, Pakistan, has been put on terrorist list by the United States, according to new documents.
Top-secret national security documents obtained by The Intercept through former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden show that Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan was the subject of American surveillance as recently as 2012.
In June of that year, the NSA produced a classified presentation in which Zaidan appears listed as a member of both Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Beneath his alleged affiliation with those groups, the NSA notes Zaidan also “works for Al Jazeera.” In the same slide, though, it also knows that the journalist is listed in TIDE: the “Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment” database maintained by the US.