News you may have missed #728 (foiled AQAP bomb plot edition)

YemenBy IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
►►UK had central role in foiled bomb operation. The Reuters news agency has quoted unnamed “counterterrorism sources” as saying that the undercover informant in the plot linked to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was a British citizen, possibly of Saudi origin. The informant was allegedly working in cooperation with Britain’s two principal spy agencies, MI5 and MI6. The information appears to have leaked even though “British authorities put heavy pressure on theUS government not to discloseBritain’s role in the investigation”, said Reuters.
►►MI5 fears al-Qaeda to expose double agent’s identity. MI5 fears that militant Islamists will attempt to exact revenge on the British spy who penetrated al-Qaeda in theArabian Peninsula, by publishing his photograph on the internet –a move designed to incite extremists to hunt him down. The agent, a British passport holder of Saudi heritage, volunteered to take part in a suicide mission but instead escaped with an underwear bomb designed to blow up aUS airliner. Sources have described the British spy as “gold dust”, adding that he was one of just a handful of agents in the last ten years to have successfully penetrated one of the groups aligned to al-Qaeda’s concept of global Jihad.
►►Analysis: Foiled al-Qaeda plot reveals new world of US spying. There are lots of takes on the meaning of the foiled AQAP plot. This CNN analysis claims that the successful operation shows that “efforts to bolster human intelligence capability and work much more closely with foreign intelligence counterparts are paying off” in several ways. It also suggests that the operation “operation was the “poster child” for the influence of a greatly enhanced analytic community”.

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2 Responses to News you may have missed #728 (foiled AQAP bomb plot edition)

  1. Kidd says:

    i can smell some payback come the olympics — london is awfully touchy right now. the leak sounds more like a campaign moment for the present resident of 1600 . obama , who has tried to close down all the intel leaks, has managed to let this out out of the bag in hopes of much needed votes this november. i can see why m16 would not want is info leaked, it puts them in a worse strain .

  2. Paul says:

    Well it won’t be the first time America has dumped on Britain bigtime. Apart from Obama’s dislike for the UK they also have General Michael Hayden who seems to delight in ruining British run operations and for no particular reason than his own acumen.

    Thanks to loose lips, again America’s, MI6’s agent is now useless and cannot be used again.

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