Khalil Said al-Deek – (born 1957), aka Joseph Adams after 1996 was a dual US-Jordanian citizen who came to USA to study computer science. He became a naturalized US citizen living in Los Angeles, California where he worked as computer engineer and Charity Without Borders staffer, where it is now believed that Adam Yahiye Gadahn worked around that same time in 1997. The Charity was discovered to be an Al-Qaida organization used to funnel money overseas and wasn't shut down until after September 11, 2001. Hisham Diab was running this organization at the time and it was confirmed by his ex-wife Saraah Olson that Hisham and Khalil Said al-Deek recruited Adam Yahiye Gadahn and transformed him into an American-hating fanatic. This was also confirmed by the imam Haitham Bundakji of the Islamic Society of Orange County who described Hisham and members of his cell as "disruptive troublemakers" and places blame on himself for not reaching out to Gadahn.
Carrying a US passport, he moved to Peshawar, Pakistan, where he is believed to have met several times with Osama bin Laden. He was arrested on December 17, 1999 in Peshawar and extradited to Jordan for conspiracy to carry out terrorist attacks in Jordan. CNN reports that al-Deek is described as the leader of his group.
One report claimed Al-Deek and 27 others were indicted, in Jordan on March 29, 2000. The International Counter-Terrorism blog reported that Al-Deek was indicted in absentia and had already been extradited. The San Diego Union Tribune reported that Jordan held Al-Deek for 17 months before releasing him without charge.
Judith Miller, then of the New York Times, reported that al-Deek had business ties to Abu Zubaydah. Miller reported that al-Deek and Abu Zubaydah exported specialty honey, a traditionally high-valued product, and sent a portion of the profits to Osama bin Laden, and al Qaeda. Miller reported that the shipment of honey was used to mask the shipment of weapons.
Tim Golden, of the New York Times, reported that an unnamed American intelligence official suspected al-Deek collaborated with Moazzam Begg on a CD-ROM version of an "Encyclopedia of Jihad". The official claimed al-Deek gave a copy of this CD-ROM to two suspected Jordanian terrorists. According to al-Qaeda, al-Deek was later killed in the Shah-i-Kot valley by a "Pakistani agent."
- Khalil Said Khalil Deek, Follow the network: a guide to the political left
- Terror suspect planned New Year's attacks, officials say, CNN, December 17, 1999
- Jordan Indicts Suspected Members of Terrorist Cell, International Counter-Terrorism blog, March 29, 2000
- Father of suspected al-Qaeda operative is baffled by accusation, San Diego Union Tribune, May 28, 2004
- Al Qaeda – Trade in Honey Is Said to Provide Money and Cover for bin Laden, originally published in the New York Times, October 11, 2001
- Tim Golden, Jihadist or Victim: Ex-Detainee Makes a Case, New York Times, June 15, 2006 – mirror
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