The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.beep beep beep
The Daily Beast
"Are we all here?"
"Ayman, we're going to need you to talk a little louder, Bob had some trouble hearing you."
"-and then we, wait are we on?"
"Is everybody here?"
"Great so if we could just--"
[cellophane wrapper slowly crumpled]
"Hey, just a favor, if you're on the call, could you hit * to mute if you're not speaking that'd be great. Thanks."
"Are we on?"