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FBI probes beheading hoax on Web

A San Francisco computer expert duped international media on Saturday into believing Islamist kidnappers had executed an American hostage in Iraq by staging his own mock beheading on the Internet. The FBI questioned Benjamin Vanderford, 22, shortly after the hoax became public. “We will pursue any and all legal avenues for prosecution,” said FBI special agent LaRae Quy of the bureau’s San Francisco office. “At this point the matter is still under investigation.” The video, which appeared on a Web site used by Islamic militants, showed Vanderford appealing to the United States to leave Iraq. The Web format was that used by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and was introduced by a headline that said it showed Zarqawi killing an American. Full Story

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