Reward for Calif. al-Qaida suspect

June 2, 2008 9:38:45 AM PDT
The FBI has started a publicity campaign in Afghanistan touting its $1 million reward for information about an American charged with treason for allegedly working for al-Qaida. Adam Yahiye Gadahn, 29, grew up in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana in 2005 and charged with one count of treason and two counts of providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The FBI alleges Gadahn moved to Pakistan in 1998 and attended an al-Qaida training camp six years later, serving as a translator and consultant for the group.

Gadahn is "an integral part of al-Qaida's media and recruitment branch (and) has endorsed terrorist activity," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Friday.

Pakistani news sources reported in February that Gadahn was killed in a missile strike, but the FBI has not received conclusive evidence of his death, Eimiller said.

The publicity campaign will include matchbooks, handbills and posters that will be distributed throughout Afghanistan.