WikiLeaks has started releasing the Gitmo Files, documents from the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where suspected terrorists, especially Al Qaeda members, are imprisoned.
This is the US Defence Department file on Mohd Farik bin Amin, a Malaysian member of Al Qaeda, and described as a high value prisoner, who was to have been part of a team that was to destroy the tallest building on the US West Coast, by crashing an airliner into it, as took place at the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, on Sept 11, 2001.
Farik, now 36, “travelled extensively to plan and train for his role as a suicide operative supporting Khalid Shaykh Mohammed in an aborted al-Qaida attack called the “West Coast Airliners Plot”. This involved hijacking and destroying targets on the west coast of the US.
He is said to have travelled to Afghanistan for training at al-Qaida militant training camps, including advanced tactical training. Farik had admitted that he was familiar with explosives and bomb making, and had been noted to have discussed the use of chemicals as poisons. He had also attempted to buy SA-7 surface-to-air missiles, the report said.
He was a trusted lieutenant and courier for Riduan bin Isomuddin or Hambali, the leader of the militant Jemaah Ismaili group.
The report said Farik conducted money transfers to facilitate terrorist attacks against western assets within Southeast Asia. He also targeted, planned, and cased western targets in both Thailand and Cambodia for future terrorist attacks to include the British Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Farik was regarded as a high risk detainee, likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies, and of
high intelligence value. The report recommended his continued detention.