- The Washington Times - Friday, December 7, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann questioned American Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh shortly before the Afghan prisoner uprising in which Mr. Spann was killed, Newsweek magazine reported.

The magazine said on its Web site last night that the information came from a videotape of the incident taken by an Afghan cameraman. The Web site, which is linked off www.msnbc.com, also posted transcribed excerpts of the interview.

Mr. Spann, 32, was killed on Nov. 25 after he questioned Mr. Lindh, 20, of northern California, and other enemy captives who were imprisoned in the northern Afghanistan fortress of Kala Jangi.

Newsweek said the videotape showed Mr. Spann and another CIA agent, known only as Dave, talking with Mr. Lindh.

The magazine said the videotape indicated Dave spoke menacingly to Mr. Lindh while Mr. Spann tried to break his resistance by explaining that the September 11 terror attacks on the United States had taken the lives of many Muslims.

The hijackers "killed other Muslims. There were several hundred other Muslims killed in the bombing. Are you going to talk to us?" Mr. Spann asked.

Mr. Lindh did not respond.

Although the two interrogators spoke in English, the Web site excerpts had no clear indication that they knew they were talking to an American.

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