May 24, 2006

US says voice on audio tape is bin Laden’s

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An audio recording in which al Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden says convicted September 11 plotter
Zacarias Moussaoui played no role in the attacks is authentic,
a U.S. intelligence official said on Wednesday.

"Following a technical analysis it has been revealed that
the voice is indeed Osama bin Laden," said the official, who
spoke on condition of anonymity.

In the audiotape, posted on a Web site often used by al
Qaeda, bin Laden also said he had personally assigned tasks to
the 19 hijackers who staged the attacks on U.S. cities that
killed about 3,000 people.