Turkish policemen patrol outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara on February 2, 2013.
Turkish policemen patrol outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara on February 2, 2013. - 
Listen To The Story
Marketplace

This final note today, n which we learn that all offices share some bureaucratic constants: organization charts, promotions, conference calls.

Even Al Qaeda.

The Daily Beast reported the tip that led to closing U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Africa came from an Al Qaeda conference call. Yes, really.

More than 20 Al Qaeda operatives were reportedly on the call that worried U.S. intelligence officials. A board meeting of sorts, complete with a promotion announcement. A meeting that an intelligence official described as "like a meeting of the Legion of Doom."

As a nonprofit news organization, Marketplace is on a mission that drives what we do every day: to increase economic intelligence across the country. But we can’t do it alone. Become a Marketplace Investor today, in whatever amount you choose, and your donation will go twice as far, thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match from The Kendeda Fund.

Become a Marketplace Investor today – in whatever amount is right for you – and keep public service journalism strong. We’re grateful for your support.

Follow Lizzie O'Leary at @lizzieohreally