No signs of new threat in Zawahri message, U.S. says

Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al Zawahri's message criticizing U.S. president-elect Barack Obama and urging attacks on "criminal" America is seen in this video grab released November 19, 2008. REUTERS/SITE Intelligence Group via Reuters TV

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Al Qaeda deputy Ayman al Zawahri’s new message urging attacks on “criminal” America contains no indications of an increased threat to the U.S. homeland, the Homeland Security Department said on Wednesday.

Department spokeswoman Laura Keehner, asked if there was anything in the message to change the department’s assessment of the threat to the United States, said, “Not that I’ve seen. We maintain that there’s no credible information to suggest there’s an imminent threat against the homeland at this time.”

Reporting by Randall Mikkelsen; Editing by Kristin Roberts