Early on the morning of Oct. 10, reports started circulating that German police had arrested a man they accused of being Osama bin Laden’s Webmaster. It was at that moment that I realized how different a war this is and how the Internet—and particularly its multimedia-friendly Web component— truly has changed all.
Imagine if during World War II, French law enforcement had arrested Hitler’s speechwriter? But that’s not even a clean analogy because a speechwriter presumably would help craft the message. This guy, identified in a Reuters report only as a 36-year-old Iraqi named Ibrahim R., is accused of being a programmer helping bin Laden’s Web sites stay up. [more]