Spy Infiltrated al-Qaida, Thwarted Bomb Plot
[An Nahar] A plot by al-Qaeda in Yemen to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner was thwarted by a spy allied with the CIA who infiltrated the group and took the explosive for the attack to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
, ABC News reported Tuesday.
The spy is now "safely out of Yemen," an unnamed "international intelligence official" told ABC.
The mole had links to the Central Intelligence Agency and several other spy services, according to the report.
U.S. officials did not see the bomb as an immediate threat because all along the spy had "control" of the device, ABC said.
The United States announced Monday that it had foiled a plan by al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen to detonate an explosive on an airliner, saying that the FBI was examining an explosive that had been seized abroad.
But U.S. officials did not say where the bomb was found or provide other details about the case.
The CIA declined to comment on the television report.
According to former intelligence and counter-terrorism officials, Saudi Arabia likely played a crucial role in uncovering the plot and has long had the best intelligence on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Saudi Arabia was credited with foiling an AQAP conspiracy in 2010 to blow up commercial cargo planes flying to U.S. airports.
Posted by: Fred 2012-05-09