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**UPDATE** Now reports coming in it is NOT Gadahn. Too bad.
Pakistani government official told ABC News that the Taliban leader arrested in Pakistan is not Adam Gadahn.
According to ABC News, the arrested man is possibly Abu Yahya Mujahdeen al-Adam, another American member of al Qaeda, but the Pakistanis have not made a positive identification.
A senior Pakistani government official told CNN that Gadahn was arrested Sunday in Karachi, but a U.S. intelligence official said there appears to be no validity to reports of Gadahn’s arrest. Other U.S. officials also said they have no indication that Gadahn has been captured.
The reported arrest of Adam Gadahn, U.S. born al Qaeda spokesman, has not been confirmed by U.S. officials as yet.
Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan – Security forces in the southern port city of Karachi have arrested Adam Gadahn, a Southern California native who became a top propagandist for Al Qaeda and is wanted by the U.S. on treason charges, Pakistani intelligence sources in Karachi said Sunday.
The capture of Gadahn becomes the starkest signal yet that Pakistan has decided to ratchet up its cooperation with the U.S. in hunting down Islamic militants. In the last two months, Pakistani security forces have seized several top Afghan Taliban commanders, including the insurgency’s second in command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
Gadahn, whose most recent video, posted Sunday, praised the U.S. Army major charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, was arrested in a pickup truck with a driver Saturday night, the sources said. The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on such issues.
Pakistani police and intelligence agents said they collaborated on the arrest after receiving information about Gadahn’s whereabouts, but the sources would not say what the source of the information was.
The CIA had no immediate comment on the reports from Pakistan.