John McCain spoke today before the Senate citing the Yemen "underwear bomber" as an example of atrocious "Government Leaks". The bomber HIMSELF was rumoured to be a CIA agent. McCain has apparently given credibility to these theories. We now upgrade the claim that the Underwear Bomber event was staged, because the bomber himself has been significantly confirmed to be a government agent.
The apparent effect of the faked attack, was to have another agent sit in Yemen and gain acceptance into the radical network for his sponsorship of the "fake" attack, thereby solicit connections with militants.
Do not worry... The agent has reportedly been remove already because the information was already leaked. I am proud to bering you the information after the fact without jeopardizing ANYBODY'S lives (except perhaps my own).
Such a wonderful world of free information. When we do not hear free information, that will be the signal to worry!
A bomber from the al-Qa'ida affiliate in Yemen sent to blow up a US-bound airliner last month was actually a double agent who infiltrated the group and volunteered for the suicide mission, US media reported yesterday.
Working closely with the CIA, Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency placed the operative inside al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, with the goal of convincing his handlers to give him a new type of non-metallic bomb for the mission, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Western intelligence agencies have identified AQAP as among the most dangerous and determined al-Qa'ida affiliates in the world, dedicated in part to attacks on the West.
The explosive device was intended to be smuggled aboard an aircraft undetected and then detonated.
The double agent arranged instead to deliver the device to US and other intelligence authorities waiting outside Yemen, the LA Times reported. The agent arrived safely in an unidentified country and is being debriefed.
Experts at the FBI's bomb laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, are now analyzing the device to determine if it really could have evaded airport security, the newspaper said.
If such a device could be brought on board an aircraft, it could in theory be detonated without the knowledge of aircraft passengers and crew.
The main charge was a high-grade military explosive that "undoubtedly would have brought down an aircraft," the New York Times reported, citing a senior American official.
It appeared to be an upgraded version of the so-called "underwear bomb" that failed to down a passenger jet over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, the LA Times said.
"Like that bomb, this device bears the forensic signature of feared al-Qa'ida bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan Asiri," who is believed to be hiding in Yemen, the LA Times website reported.
The operation relied not on the high-tech and satellite surveillance for which the CIA has been known in recent years, but old-fashioned human intelligence work.
It did, however, produce intelligence that helped the CIA locate top al-Qa'ida operative Fahd al-Qasaa, who was killed on Sunday when a CIA drone targeted him with a missile as he stepped out of his car in Yemen, the newspapers reported.
Qasaa was thought by intelligence analysts to have played a role in the bombing of guided missile destroyer USS Cole in a Yemeni port in 2000.