US Official Expresses Dismay Over Leak About Double Agent In Bomb Plot
Linkedin

US Official Expresses Dismay Over Leak About Double Agent In Bomb Plot

New York City : NY : USA | May 09, 2012 at 12:52 AM PDT
By
XX XX
Views: Pending
 

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 Secretary Janet Napolitano said "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."

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/09/world/meast/al-qaeda-plot/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

dunite is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • Rep. King suggests administration may have misled public on bomb plot, ...

      Fox News
    FoxNews.com The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee suggested Tuesday that the Obama administration may have misled the public in keeping the lid on the latest Al Qaeda-affiliate bomb plot, and called for a review into the way the...
  • International sting operation brought down underwear bomb plot

      Los Angeles Times
    Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency, working closely with the CIA , used an informant to pose as a would-be suicide bomber. His job was to convince the Al Qaeda franchise in Yemen to give him a new kind of non-metallic bomb that the militants were...
  • Spy 'infiltrated underwear bomb plot cell'

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Saudi intelligence likely played a pivotal role in disrupting the conspiracy, possibly providing the double agent, former US officials said. United States to launch a drone strike on Sunday that killed Fahd al-Quso, a senior figure who was wanted for...
  • CIA agents who thwarted al-Qaeda plot discover new bomb designs

      Canadian Free Press
    Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner one year after the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to a statement released on Monday. What surprised many counterterrorism experts was the sophistication of the upgrade of the so-...
  • The Saudis and al Qaeda

      War In Context
    House Homeland Security Committee expressed dismay that someone leaked information about a double agent who infiltrated al Qaeda and helped foil a plot to blow up a U.S.-bound plane. It's really, to me, unfortunate that this has gotten out, because...
  • Al-Qaida Underwear Bomber a ‘Double Agent'

      International Business Times
    The would-be suicide attacker in the foiled underwear bomb plot was a double agent, according to US officials. The attacker, a double agent for the CIA and the Saudi intelligence agency infiltrated the Yemeni-based group of al-Qaida and handed over...

Blogs

 >

More From Allvoices

Related People

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.