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This answer does not deal with any actual information given to us via the Lost world. There is an incredibly simple answer to this problem. Lets look outside Lost lore for just a second. Ben Linus' character was only supposed to be in four episodes when they cast him. Audiences responded to him so they added onto his storyline. When Sayid met Ben for the first time he was just doing his 4 episode stint. Michael Emerson just acted like he had never met Sayid before...because thats what his fledgling character was supposed to do. Now I'm not saying the Lost writers didn't have it all figured out from the start, but they've picked up ideas and ran with it since the series started. So my point is that they didn't know at that point that Ben an…Read more >