[ISN] (Update): Terrorists and use of hidden messages

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Date: Fri Nov 02 2001 - 00:00:46 PST

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    Duncan Campbell   
    Following publication of this article, 
    Telepolis was contacted by Stephen Whitelaw of Iomart, the Scottish
    internet company which claimed to have been asked by US intelligence
    to track steganographic communications on the internet used by Osama
    bin Laden. He admitted that the press stories were wrong.
    It was "not true" that US intelligence had called in Iomart to help
    them in tracking Al Qaeda communications, Mr Whitelaw said on
    Wednesday. He admitted that he and his company had "not discovered any
    [hidden] messages" on the internet sent by Osama bin Laden. "The
    company has nothing to do with it. Its all misquotes. Its got out of
    Mr Whitelaw said that he was "still analysing" images which had
    previously been recorded, as a "personal interest", but without
    results so far. He did not know anything about bin Laden's use of the
    internet other than what he had read in newspapers.
    Other directors of Iomart had been dismayed by the publicity outburst.
    They were interested in "making sales of Net Intelligence the
    product", Mr Whitelaw explained, but "they don't want any more
    publicity to do with this."
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