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Australia’s ‘Jihad Jack’ tells how odyssey led to bin Laden

ASIA: An Australian convert to Islam convicted of receiving funds from Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network has told how his search for the meaning of life led him to the terror training camps of Afghanistan. Joseph Thomas, 32, known as “Jihad Jack”, says he was an Anglican, a teenage ballet dancer, a punk rocker and a taxi driver before he was sought after as “a white boy” agent for the world’s most wanted man. Details of the fresh-faced Thomas’ strange odyssey were published Monday in The Age newspaper, which interviewed him before his trial. A jury Sunday found Thomas guilty of receiving 3,500 US dollars and an airplane ticket from Pakistan to Australia from Al-Qaeda, but acquitted him on two counts of providing resources or support for a terrorist attack. Full Story

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