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Wadih El Hage

Osama bin Laden's personal secretary

Detained1

Wadih El Hage

Details
ImportanceHigh
Location of DetentionSpringfield, Missouri, United States1
Capturing AuthorityU.S. federal authorities
Date of CaptureSept. 16, 1998
Location of CaptureNew York, United States5
AffiliationAl-Qaeda
RoleAide3
SupervisorOsama bin Laden
AffiliationTaba Investments
Full Given NameWadih El Hage
NationalityAmerican4
NationalityLebanese
Alias(es)Abu Abdullah al-Lubani3, Abd al Subbur3,4, Norman3,4, Wa'da Norman3,4, Wadia3, Abdus Sabbur2,3,4, The Manager3, Tanzanite3, Abu Abdullah Lubnani
Alternate TransliterationWadi el Hage
Date of BirthJuly 25, 19604
Place of BirthSidon, Lebanon4
Height5'7'4
Weight150 lbs4
GenderMale
DescriptionEyes: Brown. Hair: Brown. Wears beard and mustache.4
Injuries/IllnessHe has a deformity of his right arm.6
HistoryVeteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)6
Charged withFalse statements2
Charging authorityUnited States
In connection withEast African Embassy Bombings
Charges issuedSept. 21, 1998
Case statusConvicted
SentenceLife imprisonment1
Case resolvedMay 21, 2001
 
 
Narrative and Notes
 
Reliable
  • Born to Lebanese Christian parents. Moved to Kuwait at a young age.
  • Attended University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette, La., in August 1978. Went to Afghanistan in 1983. Ultimately received degree in urban planning.
  • Married April Brightsky Ray. Father of seven, all U.S. citizens.
  • Lived in Tucson; Arlington, Texas; Pakistan. Moved to Sudan to work for Osama bin Laden for salary of $1,200/month.
  • Moved to Nairobi in 1994. Traveled to Slovakia, Pakistan.
  • Returned to United States in 1997.
  • In court, his attorney contended he was not involved in the bombings.
  • Made $800/month working for al-Qaeda in Sudan in early 1990s.
  • Traveled to Azerbaijan at some point in early 1990s.6,7
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    Sources
    1 U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons web site.
    2 United States vs. Wadih El Hage. Complaint, September 1998.
    3 United States vs. bin Laden, indictment, Nov. 4, 1998, and updates.
    4 FBI Executive Summary, Status of embassy bombings investigation, Nov. 18, 1998. Posted online by PBS' 'Frontline' program.
    5 He was arrested after giving testimony to a New York grand jury, so it is presumed he was detained there.
    6 United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 1, Feb. 5, 2001.
    7 Jamal al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.
    Photo: FBI
     
     
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