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Five try to plead guilty in 9/11 attacks

A sketch shows Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (center) and Walid Bin Attash (left) at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. A sketch shows Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (center) and Walid Bin Attash (left) at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. (Janet Hamlin/ AP Illustration/ Pool)
By Bryan Bender and Farah Stockman
Globe Staff / December 9, 2008

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WASHINGTON - The self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and four alleged coconspirators unexpectedly told a military judge yesterday that they want to plead guilty, an apparent bid to avoid trial and become martyrs before President-elect Barack Obama follows through on a promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. (Full article: 1055 words)

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