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Twin Towers

Israel's Odigo Says Workers Warned 2 Hours Before 911

by Yuval Dror

ODIGO, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with Israeli and American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the original sender of the message predicting the attack.

Micha Macover, CEO of the company, said the two workers received the messages and immediately after the terror attack informed the company's management, which immediately contacted the Israeli security services, which brought in the FBI.

"I have no idea why the message was sent to these two workers, who don't know the sender. It may just have been someone who was joking and turned out they accidentally got it right. And I don't know if our information was useful in any of the arrests the FBI has made," said Macover. Odigo is a U.S.-based company whose headquarters are in New York, with offices in Herzliya.

As an instant messaging service, Odigo users are not limited to sending messages only to people on their "buddy" list, as is the case with ICQ, the other well-known Israeli instant messaging application.

Odigo usually zealously protects the privacy of its registered users, said Macover, but in this case the company took the initiative to provide the law enforcement services with the originating Internet Presence address of the message, so the FBI could track down the Internet Service Provider, and the actual sender of the original message.

David Irving comments:

IS THAT ALL? As our "related stories" links show, this story showed up a couple of years ago. It's interesting that it's back. Seems that it's a story that just won't go away.
   Are some folks trying to explain it away, after reading all the comments on the Internet?

Washington Post: "Instant Messages To Israel Warned Of WTC Attack"
Ha'aretz, Sept 26, 2001: Odigo says workers were warned of attack"
FBI probing 'threatening' message, firm says
Nhu Hung Bui writes from Montréal, Canada, with an urgent query about how many Jews died in the WTC collapse
What did the Mossad know in advance about September 11 (and not pass on to USA allies?)
Were Israelis warned not to go to the WTC on 9-11?
Reader's Letter: But the death of three Israelis in a building complex of such high Jewish profile as the World Trade Center still seems to me to be disproportionately low
Mike Lilly has checked over the WTC death lists so far available, and Israelis are statistically under-represented
Israeli death toll on Sept. 11, 2001 rises to five, including plane passengers (5)
Israeli WTC firm Odigo confirms: two of its employees received warnings via "instant messages" two hours before the attacks
Israel's fury at Fox TV's hints about Sept.11, 2001: first bubbles surface in outraged JTA dispatch | Israel dismisses report it didn't share WTC attack data | Israeli agents and the Golden Gate

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