July 16, 2020
STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE SOUFAN CENTER BOARD CHAIRMAN SENATOR JOE DONNELLY
(New York, NY – July 16, 2020) We are very concerned about the recent disinformation and intimidation campaign targeting our Founder, Ali Soufan, on the heels of a threat against his life, as highlighted by The New Yorker article released on Thursday, July 16, 2020. We strongly support Ali’s exceptional work throughout his career, including his work on the investigation of the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001, and The Soufan Center’s ongoing analytical efforts to raise awareness about global security issues.
We will continue monitoring this situation and hope that the ongoing investigation will make it more difficult for the entities involved to malign, harass, and threaten civil society and independent voices online in the future. The Soufan Center remains dedicated to making the online space a safe place for all of us, and a space where we will not be afraid to provide accurate analysis about global security issues around the world.
The full New Yorker article ‘Is the Saudi Government Plotting Against Another U.S.-Based Critic?’ can be read here:
In early May, officials with the C.I.A. reached out to Ali Soufan, a former F.B.I. agent who served as a lead investigator in the months before the September 11th attacks, to say they had learned that Al Qaeda militants were plotting against him. The officials asked Soufan not to disclose many details, but, he told me, “The information was specific enough that they felt that they had to inform me.”