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While some in the news me­dia pro­mote the ro­man­tic view of the se­cre­tive Mus­lim Brother­hood, new Wik­iLeaks files from Guan­tanamo Bay show the Is­lamist or­ga­ni­za­tion has been a ca­reer path for some of al Qaeda’s most ruth­less mem­bers.

Wik­iLeaks files show Sept. 11 mas­ter­mind Khalid Shaikh Mo­hammed started his ter­ror ca­reer as a teenager in the Brother­hood in Kuwait, re­ports spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent Rowan Scar­bor­ough.

“At the age of 16, de­tainee joined the Mus­lim Brother­hood,” one Pen­tagon re­port states. “Af­ter join­ing the Mus­lim Brother­hood, de­tainee be­came more ded­i­cated, read more about re­li­gion and taught oth­ers about Is­lam in or­der to re­cruit them into the Mus­lim Brother­hood.”

It was the Mus­lim Brother­hood in Egypt, which says it wants democ­racy, that nour­ished the rad­i­cal Is­lamic views of Ay­man al Zawahri, al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader.

Doc­u­ments seized in North­ern Vir­ginia by the FBI show the Brother­hood wants to use the po­lit­i­cal and legal process to bring Mus­lim law to Amer­ica.

Bill Gertz can be reached at in­sid­e­ther ing@wash­ing­ton­

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