Al-Masirah news channel has revealed secret documents and two secret phone calls between former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the director of the American secret service CIA, which reveal US ambitions in Yemen and the involvement of Saleh’s regime in the betrayal of Yemen.
The documents and the first private call between President Saleh and former CIA Director George Tenet – which was presented by the Moral Guidance Department – revealed the size of American ambitions in Yemen and the strong relationship between the man who was president of Yemen between 1990 and 2012, and the United States.
The call included an acknowledgment of the direct relationship between US intelligence and Al-Qaeda, in addition to the involvement of the former regime in this betrayal. It also included an acknowledgment from the top of the hierarchy of the CIA that they had direct relations with leaders from Al-Qaeda.
The call also showed US insistence on removing one of the intelligence agents detained in the Political Security prison in the capital, Sana’a, following the bombing of the USS Cole, a warship that was bombed by Al-Qaeda in 2000.
The second call presented by the guidance department, which Saleh made with Tenet on the same day, includes Saleh’s agreement to release the arrested operative in Sana’a and hand him over to the Americans.
Ali Abdullah Saleh was president of the Yemen Arab Republic (also known as North Yemen) from 1978 until 1990, and president of the united Republic of Yemen from 1990 until 2012, when he abdicated after a popular uprising. During his reign, he was heavily involved with US imperialist interests in the region, and brutally suppressed Ansarullah and other popular organisations. Amongst other matter, he ordered the murder of Sayyid Hussein al-Houthi in 2004.
Even after his abdication, Saleh remained politically active. After the September 21 Revolution, he officially sides with the National Salvation Government in 2015, but eventually betrayed the revolutionary movement again and offered his services to the Saudi-led invaders. On 4 December, 2017, Saleh was killed by the Yemeni Armed Forces of the National Salvation Government during a firefight.