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DHS Report Suggests US Embassy Attack in Cairo Was an Effort to Demand the Release of 1993 WTC Bomber

Fox News has obtained intelligence documents suggesting the US Embassy protest in Cairo was an effort to demand the release of the 1993 World Trade Center bomber. According to the documents from the Department of Homeland Security, the call to action was posted on the Internet two days before the September 11, 2012 attack in Cairo. There were calls on Egyptians to burn down the embassy if they had to, for the release of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called "blind sheikh."

The sheikh is now serving a life sentence in connection to the bombing of the WTC in 1993 which killed six people and injured more than a thousand others. Fox News correspondent Catherine Herridge reported that there are talks of transferring him to Egyptian custody for humanitarian and health reasons. Eight senior Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to the Department of Justice and the State Department responding to the report of transferring Abdel-Rahman.

The letter reads in part, “Succumbing to the demands of a country whose citizens threaten our embassy

and the Americans serving in it would send a clear message that acts of violence will be responded to with appeasement rather than strength … (it would be seen as) … a sign of weakness and lack of resolved by the United States and its President.”

Within the last hour, a DOJ spokesperson told Fox News that the idea of transferring the "blind sheikh" was absurd. In addition there was this response from the State Department: “Let me say, as clearly as I can, there is no plan to release the blind sheikh. There is no plan. To my knowledge, we have not been approached about it recently by any senior Egyptians.”

Herridge reported that Fox News has also obtained a three-page DHS intelligence report pointing to two days before the demonstration the department had information that there was a call for Egyptians to attack the US Embassy and force the release of Abdel-Rahman. It says, “The time has come for a strong movement from you, O sons of Egypt, to release the detained sheikh … Let your slogan be: No to the American Embassy in Egypt until our detained sheikh is released."

Congressional sources tell Fox News that they believe the demonstrations in Cairo were a response in part to the anti-Islamic film but also for the push to obtain the release of the blind sheikh.

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