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German official downplays early hijacker information

German investigators attached little significance in early 1999 to a wiretapped telephone conversation involving Marwan Al-Shehhi, the Arab student believed to have piloted a United Airlines Boeing 767 into the south tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. German Interior Minister Otto Schily said Tuesday that his investigators informed their U.S. counterparts as a “routine” matter that someone named “Marwan” was overheard speaking from the United Arab Emirates with a suspected Al Qaeda operative in Hamburg, Germany. Full Story

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