Tim Blair


New Criterion



Wednesday, November 06, 2002

The head of the Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, August Hanning, believes that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is still alive and poses a continuing threat, according to recent espionage reports.

The director of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) said on Monday that intelligence gathered by western intelligence agencies indicates that Osama bin Laden is probably still alive.

August Hanning told a security conference in Berlin that evidence suggests that the organization's leadership continues to be capable of directing terrorist attacks against Germany and the rest of the world.

Hanning said that recent information received from collaborating intelligence organizations shows a recognizable increase in worldwide communications between members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network in recent weeks and months.

"We see no all clear signal at this time. Rather, we are seeing an increase in (terrorist) activities." The BND chief added that there was concern that this was a prelude to further terrorist attacks.