They saw Siddiqui slumped over in a wheelchair, the result of having been shot with a nine millimeter side arm after she allegedly grabbed a US Army Warrant Officer's M-4 Carbine and opened fire as a team of FBI agents, US Army officers including the Warrant Officer and a Captain, and interpreters prepared to interrogate her on July 18th, the day following her arrest. Those actions are at the heart of the indictment unsealed today. It charges her with the attempted murder of United States Nationals, the attempted murder of United States Officers and Employees, and related charges.
The details on which the charges were based earlier had been outlined in the federal complaint filed on July 31. According to it "The Warrant Officer saw and heard Siddiqui fire at least two shots as Interpreter 1 tried to wrestle the gun from her. No one was hit. The Warrant Officer heard Siddique exclaim 'Allah Akbar!' Another interpreter (Interpreter 2) heard Siddique yell in English 'Get the f--- out of here,' as she fired the rifle," the complaint stated. Siddiqui was then shot .
"Her medical condition is that, she was shot in the abdomen. There are stitches that run from the breast plate area down to the belly button area...layers and layers of tissue have been sewn, sutured. We have heard reports that she has lost a kidney; we don't know if those are accurate but we are concerned about that. There has been intestinal damage, part of the intestines, we understand, have been removed," Elaine Whitman Sharpe, one of a team of three attorneys present for Siddique, said following the court appearance on August 11th.
Her friends and family say the young woman, a mother of three, is innocent and being persecuted by the US. There is some dissent in the intelligence community on Siddique's potential value and some have characterized her as mentally unbalanced and operationally insignificant.
But in an intelligence and law enforcement community that has exhausted the useful information from high value prisoners it has had in custody for as long as six years and has watched the stream of new intelligence go from a torrent to a trickle, she is seen by many as having at least the potential of holding valuable current intelligence about members and associates of Al Qaeda both overseas and in the United States.
Telephone calls to three members of Siddiquis legal defense team have not yet been returned.