Revealed: Ringleader behind ‘al-Qaeda attack that killed U.S. ambassador was former Guantanamo inmate handed over to Libya by America’
- Sufyan Ben Qumu was classified as a ‘medium to high’ national security risk before his release from American custody
- Qumu reportedly was Osama bin Laden’s driver and worked for the al-Qaeda founder’s company in Sudan
- Libyans promised to keep him behind bars, but he was released in 2010
- Qumu was a former Libyan army tank driver and became a leader of the rebels during the uprising
A former al-Qaeda terrorist released from Guantanamo Bay is believed to be the leader of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the US Ambassador, it was revealed on Wednesday.
Sufyan Ben Qumu, who was reportedly once Osama bin Laden’s driver, was let out of the US military detention center in Cuba in 2007 and turned over to the government of Muammar Gaddafi on the condition he be kept behind bars.
Now, Fox News reports he may have led the September 11 attack on the American consulate that resulted in the death of John Christopher Stevens — the first US Ambassador killed by violence overseas since 1979.
The US military characterized him as a ‘medium to high’ risk to national security while he was in US custody and he refused to cooperate with authorities and explain his past associations with Islamic extremists.
Qumu, 53, is a Libyan army veteran who was jailed by Qaddafi and later escaped and moved to Sudan, where he worked for one of Osama bin Laden’s holding companies.
According to some reports, he was bin Laden’s driver during his time at the company. However, he denies this.
He also fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan with the Mujaheddin. Later he took up arms against the Northern Alliance and fought alongside the Tabliban.