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Wall Street Journal Receives Photos of Abducted Journalist - 2002-01-27


A Wall Street Journal spokesman says the newspaper has received photographs of its reporter missing in Pakistan, showing him with a gun pointed to his head.

The spokesman (Steven Goldstein) has told the Associated Press that four photographs of Daniel Pearl were contained in an electronic letter received by the newspaper early Sunday. He said the photos claim the American journalist is a spy for the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Wall Street Journal says Mr. Pearl has no connection with the U-S government. The Associated Press quotes a C-I-A spokeswoman (Anya Guilsher) as saying the reporter does not and never has worked for the agency.

The 38-year-old Mr. Pearl -- the newspaper's South Asia bureau chief -- disappeared Wednesday, while working on a story about Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network.

Pakistani authorities searching for Mr. Pearl say he went missing in the southern city of Karachi after meeting with a representative of an Islamic militant group (Harkat ul-Mujahedeen) that the U-S government has declared a terrorist organization.

No one has claimed responsibility for the journalist's disappearance.

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