Double-Agent Thwarted Al Qaeda Suicide Bombing Plot

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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There’s a new twist in the developing story of a thwarted terrorist plot orchestrated by Al Qaeda in Yemen. The would-be suicide bomber tasked with blowing up a United States-bound airliner was actually a double agent.

The CIA has not disclosed the agent’s identity, but they have revealed that he worked for Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency. After infiltrating the Al Qaeda’s Yemen operations and volunteering for the suicide mission, he was able to pass on along both the bomb designed for his attack as well as information about the group’s inner workings. Scott Shane, national security correspondent for The New York Times, explains.


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Comments [2]

Jim from New York

So wait, high concentrations of wealth are okay because we make computers and not cars? That's not an argument.  That's ex post facto rationalization. 

May. 10 2012 07:35 AM

We need a new air carrier: "COED NAKED AIRLINES" - the SAFE WAY to travel!

May. 09 2012 08:38 AM

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