More on the Al-Mabhouh Assassination
Interesting essay by a former CIA field officer on the al-Mabhouh assassination:
The truth is that Mr. Mabhouh's assassination was conducted according to the book -- a military operation in which the environment is completely controlled by the assassins. At least 25 people are needed to carry off something like this. You need "eyes on" the target 24 hours a day to ensure that when the time comes he is alone. You need coverage of the police -- assassinations go very wrong when the police stumble into the middle of one. You need coverage of the hotel security staff, the maids, the outside of the hotel. You even need people in back-up accommodations in the event the team needs a place to hide.
I found this conclusion incredible:
I can only speculate about where exactly the hit went wrong. But I would guess the assassins failed to account for the marked advance in technology.
Not completely understanding advances in technology may be one explanation for the assassins nonchalantly exposing their faces to the closed-circuit TV cameras, one female assassin even smiling at one.... The other explanation -- the assassins didn't care whether their faces were identified -- doesn't seem plausible at all.
Does he really think that this professional a team simply didn't realize that there were security cameras in airports and hotels? I think that the "other explanation" is not only plausible, it's obvious.
The number of suspects is now at 27, by the way. And:
Also Monday, the sources said the UAE central bank is working with other nations to track funding and 14 credit cards -- issued mostly by a United States bank -- used by the suspects in different places, including the United States.
We'll see how well these people covered their tracks.
EDITED TO ADD (3/3): Speculation that it's Egypt or Jordan. I don't believe it.
Posted on March 2, 2010 at 5:55 AM • 83 Comments