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Never Been Kissed

..but he likes hugs.

The former Melbourne taxi driver convicted this week of receiving cash from al-Qaeda has told of his meetings with Osama bin Laden, and how the world’s most-wanted man had a softer side.

 

“You know, he didn’t mind being hugged, but kisses he didn’t like,” says Jack Thomas, the 32-year-old Werribee father of three who trained under the al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan just months before the September 11, 2001, strike on the United States.

 

Thomas, who was also found guilty of passport fraud but acquitted of two other terrorism-related charges, was asked of his impression of bin Laden during an interview aired on ABC’s Four Corners program.

 

The Muslim convert says bin Laden is “very polite, and humble and shy … and he was just, seemed to float, really float across the floor”.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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