FBI Says It Was Not Involved In ‘Oplan Exodus’

by Joseph G. Lariosa

CHICAGO (JGL) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles, California clarified Tuesday (Feb. 10) that “the FBI was not involved in the planning or execution of the operation,” “Oplan Exodus,” that finally caught up with international bomb-maker Zulkifli Abdhir a.k.a. Marwan, that resulted in the death of 44 Philippine Special Action Force members, 18 Moro National Liberation Front followers and five civilians last Jan. 25.
Ari Dekofsky, spokesperson of the FBI-Los Angeles, said in an email to this reporter that “No, the FBI was not involved in the planning or execution of the operation. We do express our deepest condolences to the brave officers of the Philippine National Police who lost their lives in the line of duty.”

Ms. Dekofsky said, “Additionally, no, the FBI did not plan any previous operations to target Marwan. The FBI’s role in the Philippines is to advise and assist our Philippine partners on matters of mutual interest.

“The FBI regularly meets with our foreign partners to discuss a range of law enforcement and international criminal matters, to include discussions of fugitives such as Marwan, who have active arrest warrants in both the Philippines and the United States.  Information sharing between the FBI and our Philippine partners is key to disrupting terrorist and criminal networks.”

She reiterated the previous press statement of David Bowdich, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Los Angeles Field Office, that the FBI did not take part in going after Marwan, saying the “the FBI received from our Philippine counterparts a biological sample of an unknown individual for testing” whose “preliminary results indicate that the DNA profiles obtained from the biological sample indicate a possible relationship with a known relative of Zulkifli Abdhir aka Marwan.”

Ms. Dekofsky did not comment when asked if she could confirm the presence of U.S. Drone during the bloody firefight.


Meanwhile, a spokesman of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. reiterated Tuesday that “the  federal statute that authorizes the Secretary of State to pay a reward under the Department’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program only permits payment of a reward to an individual who furnishes information leading to one of several specified results.  Individuals who do not furnish such information are not eligible to receive an RFJ reward.”

The spokesman who wishes to stay in the background said, in the case of Osama bin Laden, he referred this reporter to comments by White House spokesperson Jay Carney in May 2011, which can be found on the White House website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/03/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-532011

In this briefing, Carney, said, “the fact is that no single piece of information led to the successful mission that occurred on Sunday (when bin Laden was killed), and multiple detainees provided insights into the networks of people who might have been close to bin Laden.  But reporting from detainees was just a slice of the information that has been gathered by incredibly diligent professionals over the years in the intelligence community.  And it’s simply strange credulity to suggest that a piece of information that may or may not have been gathered eight years ago somehow directly led to a successful mission on Sunday.  That’s just not the case.”

Carney was suggesting that the $25-million bounty that was earmarked for a tipster, who can pinpoint the location and capture of bin Laden, could not be given away to an individual.

The only reward reportedly bigger than the $25-million bounty given to an individual was the $30-million reward that was largest given by the Rewards for Justice for providing information on Uday and Qusay Hussein, the sons of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Both brothers were killed by U.S. forces in an intense firefight.

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