Egyptian militant admits links to 1998 U.S. embassy bombings

A longtime Egyptian militant with ties to Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden admitted in federal court Friday that he had links to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, a surprise guilty plea that the judge sharply questioned because it reduces his prison time from a potential life sentence to 25 years. The defendant, Adel Abdel Bary, read from a script in the Lower Manhattan courtroom, acknowledging that he passed crucial messages to top Al Qaeda leaders after the twin embassy blasts killed 224 people in one of the first large-scale terrorist attacks against the United States. The 54-year-old Egyptian said that after the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, he telephoned media...