There’s new reaction tonight after two media outlets, one in the United States and one in England, published a 36-page manifesto penned by the mastermind of 9/11.

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to being the critical planner behind the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Among his other numerous confessed crimes, he claims and celebrates having personally killed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002.

Now the terrorist, who is being held at Guantanamo Bay, is being given a new platform to share his message. That message started on a laptop in his prison cell, went through a courtroom at Gitmo, and eventually made its way to the public.

As reported on The Kelly File last night, KSM has also been communicating with a pen pal in England. The letter to the pen pal was reportedly mailed without the knowledge of his attorneys.

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Retired Navy JAG Attorney Charles Swift, who has defended some of these detainees, spoke to Megyn Kelly tonight.

Kelly speculated that the release of the manifesto to two left-leaning media outlets was an attempt to shape the view of Gitmo and possibly KSM.

Swift said, “I think if you’re going to have an open trial you don’t have a choice.”

“That’s nonsense,” Kelly interjected. “So national security, oh well, is no big deal.”

Swift argued that U.S. evidence is classified, not KSM’s words. Kelly asked, “So if his manifesto has specific messages to people who want to unleash hell on this country, as they’ve already done I might point out for the record, and he’s included that in this manifesto that’s now available online – and by the way, our competitors over at CNN are discussing it in detail – that’s fine by you?”

“No, but that’s not going to happen,” Swift said, noting that the documents have been vetted by military intelligence authorities for exactly those purposes.

Kelly apologized for her tone, but expressed her concern over allowing a terrorist to communicate with the outside world.

Swift responded, “If you’re concerned, I have a great suggestion: move him to federal court where things will be a lot more limited. […] What you have here is a judge who applied the law as he saw it.”

He added that the prosecution is happy because KSM is confessing in his manifesto.

Watch the exchange above and see Kelly’s interview with Andrew McCarthy, who is a contributing editor for the National Review and was the lead prosecutor in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. 

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