Abu Omar ... began distributing the latest video by Al Qaeda, alerting friends and occasionally adding commentary. “We are the energy behind the path to jihad,” Abu Omar said proudly. “Just like the jihadis reached their target on Sept. 11, we will reach ours through the Internet.” Abu Omar, 28, is part of an increasingly sophisticated network of contributors and discussion leaders helping to wage Al Qaeda’s battle for Muslim hearts and minds. ...Er um.... "putting out disinformation and projecting the strength of the mujahedeen" and "a link in a chain that spreads the organization’s propaganda..." Well er that sounds just like THE NEW YORK TIMES!
In recent years, Al Qaeda has formed a special media production division called Al Sahab to produce videos about leaders like Mr. bin Laden and Mr. Zawahri, terrorism experts say. ... Al Qaeda has been turning itself ... into a propaganda organization,” ... “They now appear to be focused on putting out disinformation and projecting the strength of the mujahedeen....
... Though he does not appear to be directly connected to Al Qaeda, Abu Omar does seem to be on a direct e-mail list for groups sympathetic to Al Qaeda, making him a link in a chain that spreads the organization’s propaganda using code and special software to circumvent official scrutiny of their Internet activity.