Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured by U.S. intelligence officials and has been brought to New York, CBS News has learned.
A law enforcement source confirmed to CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was arrested in Jordan and has been brought to New York to face terrorism-related charges.
The source told Milton that Ghaith is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a sealed indictment in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan.
The source confirmed to Milton that Ghaith was picked up in Jordan days ago, where he was apparently traveling to Kuwait from Turkey.
Rep. Peter King, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Ghaith took part in the Sept. 11, 2001, plot against the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
King, R-N.Y., credited the CIA and FBI with catching Ghaith, calling it a "very significant victory" in the ongoing fight against al Qaeda.
"I trust he received a vigorous interrogation, and will face swift and certain justice," King said in a statement sent to news outlets.
"Definitely, one by one, we are getting the top echelons of al Qaeda," King said Thursday. "I give the (Obama) administration credit for this: it's steady and it's unrelenting and it's very successful."
The Turkish newspaper HJurriyet reported that Ghaith was taken into custody more than a month ago at a luxury hotel in Ankara, the Turkish capital. But Turkish officials decided he had not committed any crime in Turkey, and released him, the newspaper reported.
Below: A 2001 propaganda video featuring Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden, and Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The newspaper said that Ghaith was passing through Jordan, on his way to Kuwait, shortly after leaving Turkey.
HJurriyet reports that Ghaith entered Turkey illegally from Iran. Because he had been stripped of his Kuwaiti citizenship following the 9/11 attacks, Turkey decided to deport Ghaith to Kuwait via Jordan. En route he was captured and taken to the U.S. According to the paper, Ghaith was deported on the same day that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was visiting Turkey.
In Amman, the Jordanian capital, a security official told The Associated Press that he had no information on the CIA arrest in Jordan.