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FBI hampered investigations against Al Qaeda: Report

The Al Qaeda terrorist network could have been destroyed even before the September 11 attacks had the Federal Bureau of Investigation not shown 'reluctance' to share information with others agencies, media report quoting officials said on Monday.

The FBI is in possession of innumerable diaries and business cards, and had the access to names and addresses of many Al Qaeda terrorists which could have been effectively used to create a road map of the outfit's network, it said.

During the course of the investigation into 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa, FBI had accumulated a 'treasure trove' of leads, American news magazine Newsweek reported in its latest issue.

One of the FBI's suspects Wadih el-Hage, a former personal secretary to Osama bin Laden, it said, kept business cards from dozens of contacts he made while travelling on behalf bin Laden's 'corporate empire'.

Another suspect, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, an Iraqi later identified as a member of bin Laden's inner circle, gave a lengthy description of his contact for bin Laden's trading companies, it added.

There were also leads to the terror cell run by Mohammed Atta.

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