Tonight waiting for John Kerry's speech at the Democratic Convention, I was online reading Josh Micah Marshall's Talking Points Memo where I discovered this breaking news story. Marshall was at the convention when he wrote the piece about Pakistan's Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat's disclosure of the capture of the al Qaeda operative, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian who participated in the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
The twist was that Ghailani was captured last Sunday, but this wasn't announced until last night a few hours before Kerry's speech. The front-page story in today's Washington Post by Kamran Khan stated that Hayat made revealed the capture in an unusual late-night television appearance on Pakistan's Geo television network.
Moreover, The New Republic carried a piece by John B. Judis, Spencer Ackerman and Massoud Ansari on July 19, that said the Bush team was pressuring Pakistan to capture some high value targets (HVTs) before the November election. Additionally, the article writes that Pakistan was urged to announce the capture or killing of an HVT during the Democratic Convention.
Marshall brought up The New Republic story in his column. He took MSNBC to task in particular for amping up the presentation of the news piece before Kerry's speech without mentioning The New Republic story in balance. 07.30.04