The White House has said it has no confirmation that Adam Gadahn, a senior al-Qaeda operative, has been arrested in Pakistan.

“We have always maintained that we did not have independent confirmation that he (Gadahn) was in custody,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

There was a similar response from the State Department too.

“The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is in contact with Pakistani authorities and we have no information indicating that an American has been arrested,” Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley told reporters.

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