Rep. Peter King of New York, chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, has expressed dismay that the information surrounding a ‘double agent,’ who infiltrated al-Qaeda and helped foil a plot ‘to blow up’ a US-bound plane, was leaked to the press, CNN said.
Rep. King said "It's really, to me, unfortunate that this has gotten out, because this could really interfere with operations overseas. My understanding is a major investigation is going to be launched because of this."
The New York Times reported Tuesday that the ‘double agent’ was actually working as an intelligence for Saudi Arabia, volunteered to become a suicide bomber for the terrorist group and gave the al-Qaeda ‘bomb plot’ information to the CIA, Saudi intelligence and other foreign intelligence agencies.
The newspaper, citing a senior American official, described the ‘bomb’ as a ‘high-grade military explosive’ sewn into ‘custom fit’ underwear that could be detonated into ways and "undoubtedly would have brought down an aircraft."
Homeland Security Secretarysaid "It is a device similar to the underwear bomber of 2009, but an evolution to that," to ensure that the previous attempt which failed would not be repeated.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, said "This is a device that was more sophisticated, had some fail-safes built into it, and it was something that concerns us because it tells us that they brought some very capable people together to build something."
Rogers said "If something bad happens because it was leaked too early, that's a catastrophe and it's also a crime."