The 2000 indictment of him and 20 more alleged Al-Qaeda militants lists him in direct connection to the US embassy bombing in Kenya. But only three paragraphs of the 150-page document relate directly to Libi. It accuses him in 1993 of discussing possible attacks against the US embassy in Nairobi, and of carrying out surveillance of the diplomatic mission. In or around 1994, it says, he received files concerning possible attacks against the embassy, the US Agency for International Development, and British, French and Israeli targets in Nairobi. US President Barack Obama alleged last week that Libi “planned and helped to execute a plot that killed hundreds of people, a whole lot of Americans.” “We have strong evidence of that. And he will be brought to justice,” Obama added. Libi’s capture embarrassed Libya and put it under pressure from its critics, notably former rebel groups from the 2011 revolt that ousted leader Moamer Kadhafi. Washington has refused to say whether it sought permission from Libya’s government for the operation, or whether it gave advance notice of the raid. But the US government insists it was legal under US law. Born in Tripoli, Libi belonged in 1990 to the Islamist Libyan Islamic Fighting Group which tried to topple the Kadhafi regime and establish an Islamic state. After a Libyan crackdown, Libi fled to Sudan, joining Al-Qaeda, where he climbed the ranks because of his IT expertise.
has been shucking assets notably The Boston Globe to focus on a core business of becoming an online provider of news, comment, video and multimedia. While the IHT’s circulation has held up relatively well in recent years compared with some print publications, Stevenson said, “the reality is that print across our industry, around the world is a really tough business now.” The International Herald Tribune was the latest incarnation of a newspaper founded in Paris 126 years ago as the European edition of the New York Herald, which was a rival of the Times in the bruising mid-19th century New York newspaper industry. James Gordon Bennett Jr., son of the founder of the sensationalist and popular Herald, put to use new trans-Atlantic cable just as readers were spreading out by rail and steamship. Over the years, the Herald Tribune became an ink-and-newsprint staple for U.S. expatriates and foreigners looking for a dose of Americana. For more than a century, it was one of the few distributors of English-language news plus baseball scores, daily crosswords, and comic strips to readers in far-flung corners of the globe. Recently, it has gained a strong niche in fashion coverage: Fashion editor Suzy Menkes is a doyenne of the Paris catwalks. The newspaper’s Parisian roots were epitomized in Jean-Luc Godard’s immortal 1960 film “Breathless,” with Jean Seberg as an American gamine “Golden Girl” who peddled it on the Champs-Elysees while wearing a sweater bearing the Herald Tribune logo. Stevenson said Paris “is part of the DNA” of the newspaper, but “it’s no secret that Paris is a very expensive place to do business.” The IHT’s last edition Monday included a special insert section with snapshots of its front pages announcing the death of Britain’s Queen Victoria and founder Bennett; a headline on Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939; and photos of Martin Luther King Jr., Andy Warhol and George Clooney reading it. The special insert in the first new edition Tuesday contained essays looking to the future. “We all have a touch of nostalgia for the days gone by,” Stevenson said.