Following the money trail behind the WTC bombFebruary 26, 2013
The financial evidence points back to Osama Bin Laden in the World Trade Center bombing that killed six people 20 years ago today.
In Modern Jihad, Loretta Napoleoni wrote that the WTC bombing mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, said the World Trade Center bombing cost $15,000. This was not verified during Yousef’s trial because it wasn’t necessary to establish his guilt.
And who provided the $15,000? John Miller, the ABC reporter who once interviewed Osama Bin Laden, wrote this in his book The Cell:
… Ibrahim el-Gabrowny had met with bin Laden a year before the bombing and investigators believe that at least a portion of the $20,000 bin Laden gave el-Gabrowny during that meeting—ostensibly for [Rabbi Meir Kahane’s assassin El-Sayyid] Nosair’s defense—was spent on materials used in the World Trade Center bomb.
Other sources say that Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, Yousef’s uncle and the architect of the 9/11 attacks, provided the bomb money for his nephew.
In any case, it wasn’t enough cash to carry out Yousef’s vision. FBI official Dale Watson testified five years after the bombing that, “After his capture in 1995, Ramzi Yousef conceded to investigators that a lack of funding forced his group’s hand in plotting the destruction of the World Trade Center. Running short of money, the plotters could not assemble a bomb as large as they had originally intended. The timing of the attack was also rushed by a lack of finances.”
Al Qaeda would not make the mistake of shortchanging its next attack against the World Trade Center eight years later.