Report: CIA Agent Beheaded on Video
A Web site used by Islamic militants carried a video on Wednesday purporting to show militants beheading a “CIA agent” in Iraq. The four-minute long footage showed a Western-looking man sitting on a chair surrounded by armed masked men. One of the men struck the captive’s neck repeatedly with a sword, severing his head amid shouts of “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest). A militant later held up the severed head for the camera. An Arabic sign placed around the man’s neck identified him as a “CIA agent.” The video, which could not be immediately authenticated, showed what seemed to be the captive’s picture identification card with the caption “visitor.”
The Web site did not say which group issued the video, nor did the masked men identify themselves or make any political statements as previous kidnappers in Iraq had. The men could be heard speaking in the background but the audio quality was too poor to understand. The tired-looking captive was wearing a plain shirt and trousers.
Militants in Iraq have waged a campaign of kidnapping aimed at driving out individuals, companies and troops supporting U.S. forces and the new Iraqi interim administration.
Scores of hostages have been kidnapped by armed groups. Some have been freed but at least nine have been killed — including an American, a South Korean and a Bulgarian.
Even Drudge, from whence the link came, is downplaying this one–with the big font treatment going to an offshore hurricane. That, combined with the fact that there was no pre-beheading video publicizing the hostage and demanding ransom, no orange jumpsuit, and so forth, should cause skepticism.
Jeff Quinton, as usual, has a roundup.
Rusty Shackleford has still photos.
Northeast Intelligence Network has the video.
Charles Johnson questions the religious system of the perpetrators.
UPDATE: Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded (August 25)