At the same time, the Post adds: "The existence of a surveillance team supporting the 19 hijackers led by Mohammed Atta appears to add a new element to the narrative of the plot's execution."
This appeared to be the first time that The Telegraph has been the first to claim an "exclusive" story from WikiLeaks, which has been gradually releasing a cache of some 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables since November. It was unclear why The Telegraph received this "exclusive."
WikiLeaks initially coordinated all its leaks with The New York Times, the Guardian, and others. But group founder Julian Assange appeared to have a falling out with those newspapers over their coverage of recent sexual allegations brought against the Australian. In the recent Times article "Dealing with Assange and the WikiLeaks Secrets," executive editor Bill Keller says "Assange was transformed by his outlaw celebrity."
Neither the Guardian nor the Times had articles today about the newly leaked cable.
Dated to Feb. 11, 2010, the cable identifies three men – Meshal Alhajri, Fahad Abdulla, and Ali Alfehaid – who were booked on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington scheduled to leave the day before the 9/11 attacks, but instead took a British Airways flight to London. The Washington flight employed the same Boeing 757 aircraft that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11.