Al-Anssi: the FBI ruined my life [Archives:2004/791/Front Page]

November 18 2004

The Yemeni FBI collaborator who attempted to commit suicide last Monday in front of the White House in Washington DC had revealed that his life was ruined after he cooperated with the FBI.rn
In an unprecedented act that triggered emotions and shock among Yemenis in the country and abroad, Muhamed Mohsen Al-Anssi, 52, tried to set himself ablaze when he was denied the opportunity to meet US President George W Bush and when he was unable to deliver a letter in which he apparently complained about the FBI.rn
Al-Anssi was mostly frustrated for not being able to travel back to Yemen to check on his family and chronically ill wife, who allegedly suffered from stomach cancer. He told the Washington Post that he did not have enough funds and could not travel to Yemen because his passport was held by the FBI.rn
It was clear that Al-Anssi complained of the amount of money given to him by the FBI for the supposedly important information he provided. He was reportedly given only USD 100,000. Furthermore, he said that the FBI did not keep its promise in providing him with millions of dollars, granting him US nationality and preventing the leakage of information about his testimonies.rn
He openly said that he regretted his cooperation with the FBI because this collaboration ruined his life and got only USD 100,000 in return.rn
According to reliable sources in Washington DC, Al-Anssi feared the backlash of his anticipated testimony, through which he is expected to unveil vital information about Al-Qaeda in Yemen.rn
He also said he could be killed along with his family if he goes on with the testimony, especially as information was leaked suggesting that it was he who persuaded prominent and popular Islamic cleric Al-Moayyad and his aide to travel to Germany to allegedly receive donations from an American Muslim. While in Germany, the cleric and his assistant were arrested and after a ruling by the German Supreme Court, both men were handed over to American authorities to be tried on allegations of involvement in supporting global terrorism.rn
Ever since his name was leaked to the press, Al-Anssi feared for his safety and his family's fate, especially as hundreds of thousands of Yemenis expressed anger and willingness to punish those who resulted in the arrest of Al-Moayyad, who has been known for his good deeds and was popular for being a person who ran several charity missions that benefited thousands of poor people in Yemen.rn
Media reporters in the USA and Yemen have been working to locate the family of Al-Anssi in Yemen but to no avail. The FBI did not respond to the Monday incident.