Someone at the Wall St. Journal deigned to read — and then actually mention — a 2005 report by the German intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), which outlined the criminal and Islamist connections of Kosovo’s ruling elite:

In the BND report, a copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci is linked to paramilitary groups, cigarette smugglers, extortion rackets and drug dealers. The report details connections among the ruling elite to Islamist militants who helped Kosovars, who are mostly Muslims, to fight in a guerrilla war against Serbian forces.

Similar allegations have been circulated by Serbia. But the charges have more credibility coming from Germany, which took a lead in securing international recognition for Kosovo’s independence and is Kosovo’s second-largest foreign-aid donor, behind the U.S.

Whaaaaat?! The WSJ noticed Thaci is involved with CRIME and ISLAMIC TERROR? OMG!

Naturally, we won’t expect the “new” information to affect editorial policy, much less trigger any investigative reporting, at the No-Ball Street Journal.

******UPDATE******
A Serb-run blog (no longer live), summarized the WSJ’s point pretty well:

Kosovo Albanians involved in drugs, Jihad, paper

Kosovo Albanian separatist leadership is implicated in cigarette smugglers, extortion rackets, drug dealers and has ties to international Jihad groups says the Wall Street Journal whose reporters viewed a 2005 German report.

The reporter [Ian Johnson] says that similar conclusions have been offered by Serbs but were viewed as incredible because of the source.

However, since the source of the same accusation are Germans, and not Serbs, the claims are legitimate says the Journal.

“Similar allegations have been circulated by Serbia. But the charges have more credibility coming from Germany, which took a lead in securing international recognition for Kosovo’s independence and is Kosovo’s second largest foreign-aid donor, behind the U.S.,” writes the Wall Street Journal.