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Old 05-11-2012, 04:19 AM
 
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Interesting article.

BBC News - Undercover agent in al-Qaeda bomb plot 'was British'

"The man who foiled a Yemen-based al-Qaeda "underwear bomb" plot was a British man of Middle Eastern origin, according to US media.
UK officials declined to comment on the reports, but earlier this week the US said foreign agencies were involved in the operation.
The agent was sent by al-Qaeda to attack a US-bound plane, but left Yemen and gave the device to US intelligence."
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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IMHO - Nothing about this operation should have ever been told to the press. Just admitting that the bomber was a secret agent has undoubtedly placed may other western operatives in great danger. Bragging about it is really stupid and only done to increase agency funding at great risk to the operatives.

There really are some things the public and our enemies do not need to know.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:37 AM
 
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There really are some things the public and our enemies do not need to know.
"British officials were reportedly left "slack-jawed" by the leaks and detailed reported in the US media, the Times reported, quoting Whitehall officials."

Taken from:
Spy who thwarted airline bomb plot 'was British' - Channel 4 News

It seems MI6 agree with you.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Read anything by John Lecare. His books are a graduate course in human espionage. The "secret world" is kept secret for damn good reasons.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:06 AM
 
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Default But Obama just had to "spike the football"

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IMHO - Nothing about this operation should have ever been told to the press. Just admitting that the bomber was a secret agent has undoubtedly placed may other western operatives in great danger. Bragging about it is really stupid and only done to increase agency funding at great risk to the operatives.

There really are some things the public and our enemies do not need to know.
The Obama administration was desperate to spin this alleged "bomb plot" to reflect well upon Obama and thus the "leak".

The Obama administration is unfit for command.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Texas
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The Obama administration was desperate to spin this alleged "bomb plot" to reflect well upon Obama and thus the "leak".

The Obama administration is unfit for command.
Of course the first one in w/ a Obama conspiracy.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Why did the CIA try to take credit for this ? Sounds more like the CIA was just helping the British who really get to take credit.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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British "citizen" w/ ties to Saudi intelligence BUT was a CIA asset.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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British "citizen" w/ ties to Saudi intelligence BUT was a CIA asset.

"was" implies the past. Don't try to take credit for something that was not yours to take in the first place.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Here's the 5/8 story..not a mention of the British, not a mention. CIA/FBI strutting their stuff.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/wo...pagewanted=all


Now on 5/10..Britain played the key role and now both the FBI and CIA have opened investigations to find the source of the leaks.
British played central role in foiled bomb operation: sources | Reuters
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