John (pictured, who was revealed today as Mohammed Emwazi, 26, from
Questions were being asked today about why it was left to the U.S. Government to reveal the identity of Jihadi John instead of British authorities.
The UK Government remains tight-lipped over the naming of the terror suspect who was revealed today as 26-year-old Mohammed Emwazi, from Queen’s Park in west London.
Emwazi, who studied computer programming at the University of Westminster before
travelling to the Middle East three years ago, was confirmed as the
prominent ISIS figure by two U.S. Government sources.
However, while Whitehall sources confirmed Emwazi had been known to security
services for several weeks, the Home Office would not release any
confirmation of his identity.
Government sources said his name had not been made public because the priority was to try and locate him.
The Home Office said it was ‘unable to comment’ when contacted by
MailOnline today, while Metropolitan Police has yet to respond to
requests for comment.
A Number 10 spokesman said: ‘Our long-standing position on Jihadi John’s identity is that we are neither confirming nor denying.
‘There is an ongoing police investigation, we are not going to give a running commentary on that.’
Pressed on the claims Emwazi had contact with MI5, the spokesman said: ‘You are asking me to speculate about speculation.
right is we let the police and security services do their work in an
ongoing investigation to bring these murderers to justice.’
Police could be seen attending Emwazi’s home in Queen’s Park earlier today, but no officers spoke to the media.
official sources failing to confirm his identity, it is understood Paul
Henning – the brother of British aid worker Alan who was beheaded by
Jihadi John – was aware of the ISIS militant’s identity.
It is also believed that he was made aware by Government officials that the name would released to the public today.
John’s identity was first published by the Washington Post, who
reported that friends and family of Emwazi had confirmed he was the ISIS
The revelation was swiftly picked up by the British
media, but despite being broadcast around the world, British authorities
continue to remain tight-lipped.
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The UK Government remains tight-lipped over the naming of Jihadi
John, who was revealed today to be 26-year-old Mohammed Emwazi, from
Queen’s Park in west London. Police attended his home today (pictured)
Raffaello Pantucci, a senior research fellow at defence think tank
the Royal United Services Institute, said it was no surprise that Jihadi
John’s outing was revealed by America.
He said: ‘It will elevate him, and even add to the mythology around him in some minds.
‘He has been on the radar for a long time now, and we finally know who he is.
‘There is a reason the British security services would not have wanted his
name to be made public, because they will have been watching his
associates covertly as part of their intelligence gathering.
‘The FBI said last year they knew who Jihadi John was, but my understanding
is he had actually been narrowed down to one of three people, and the
British and Americans were not sure which.
‘That is an example of the different attitude when it comes to revealing information.’
Jihadi John has featured in the execution videos of British aid workers Alan
Henning and David Haines, U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven
Sotloff, Japanese reporter Kenji Goto and Syrian soldiers.
Both UK and U.S authorities have maintained that they have been running a joint investigation to unmask the ISIS militant.
However, while the British Government has largely remained tight-lipped about the probe, U.S. officials have been more vocal.
The U.S. Senate has also previously offered a £6million reward to anyone
providing information that could lead to the capture of Jihadi John.
Last September, U.S. sources revealed that American spy planes had flown
above Britain to monitor telephone and computer signals in a bid to
track down the British terrorist and those communicating with him.
The aircraft, manned by British pilots and carrying FBI agents, were
equipped with advanced technology to detect heat coming off a keyboard
when a button was pressed.
At the time, the U.S. claimed that Jihadi John was from a suburb within 10 miles of south London,
but Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that UK officials were only ‘getting warm’ as to confirming his identity.
However, in the same month – perhaps reinstating the fact it was a joint investigation
between the two countries – it emerged that family members of Jihadi
John had been interviewed by both Met officers and an FBI agent.
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