More evidence that it was Africa embassy trials that tipped bin Laden to phone intercepts
Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough:
...It is possible that the clintonistas who first accused the Washington Times of blowing the bin Laden phone surveillance were trying to cover for the downside of their lawfare approach to fighting the war against the terrorist. Trials require prosecuters to disclose their evidence against the accused including the sources and methods of acquiring the information.
Anyway, we came across a speech, delivered in April 2002, that reveals the U.S. continued to gain valuable information by eavesdropping on al Qaeda members after August 1998.
The speech was delivered by U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth. Judge Lamberth presided over the special court that administers the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The FISA court approves warrants for searches and intercepts of foreign agents in this country. It was the first speech on FISA ever delivered by a judge who sat on the special panel.
Of that time in August 1998, Judge Lamberth said, "On the night of the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa, I started the first emergency hearings in my living room at 3 a.m. From the outset, the FBI suspected bin Laden and the surveillance I approved that night and in the ensuing days and weeks all ended up being critical evidence at the trial in New York last year in which several of bin Laden's associates were convicted on numerous charges relating to those bombings."