British Newspaper Reports: ‘Underwear Bomber’ Was Working for the CIA

  • tokugawa

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    May 16, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    Bomber involved in plot to attack US-bound jet was working as an informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA

    Paul Harris and Ed Pilkington in New York
    The Guardian (UK)
    Tuesday 8 May 2012

    A would-be "underwear bomber" involved in a plot to attack a US-based jet was in fact working as an undercover informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA, it has emerged.

    The revelation is the latest twist in an increasingly bizarre story about the disruption of an apparent attempt by al-Qaida to strike at a high-profile American target using a sophisticated device hidden in the clothing of an attacker.

    The plot, which the White House said on Monday had involved the seizing of an underwear bomb by authorities in the Middle East sometime in the last 10 days, had caused alarm throughout the US.

    It has also been linked to a suspected US drone strike in Yemen where two Yemeni members of al-Qaida were killed by a missile attack on their car on Sunday, one of them a senior militant, Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso.

    But the news that the individual at the heart of the bomb plot was in fact an informer for US intelligence is likely to raise just as many questions as it answers.

    Citing US and Yemeni officials, Associated Press reported that the unnamed informant was working under cover for the Saudis and the CIA when he was given the bomb, which was of a new non-metallic type aimed at getting past airport security.

    The informant then turned the device over to his handlers and has left Yemen, the officials told the news agency. The LA Times, which first broke the news that the plot had been a "sting operation", said that the bomb plan had also provided the intelligence leads that allowed the strike on Quso.

    Earlier John Brennan, Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser and a former CIA official, told ABC's Good Morning America that authorities are "confident that neither the device nor the intended user of this device pose a threat to us".

    US officials have said the plot was detected in its early stages and that no American airliner was ever at risk.


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    May 17, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    These 'official' propaganda jackasses feel the need to create some 'terrorist' problems to substantiate their jobs and the need for more funding of their godam trumped up 'war on terrrorism'. If our country would take to heart the CIA's warning about 15 years ago against all this military adventurism we wouldn't have made so many enemies for the 'blowback' that has and will continue to occur until our damn leaders wise up and stop running interference "FOR OUR INTERESTS".