It is hard to understand why the United States would burn a perfectly placed CIA and Saudi intelligence operative who was undercover with Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The would-be bomber in the most recent airline underwear bomb plot was actually working as a U.S. intelligence informant. Had U.S. intelligence not revealed the information it seems to me that the agent could have been kept in place longer.
It is not beyond the capabilities of our intelligence operatives to make up a scenario that would have kept this agent in place with Al Qaeda's master bomb maker in Yemen, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, for a longer time to gain more information on the other bombers supposedly out there - the real bombers. However, even if this was not possible, it seems that they could have made up some reason that this agent was stopped short of blowing up an airplane and not burn his cover.
Last month, U.S. intelligence learned that Al Qaeda's Yemen branch hoped to launch a spectacular attack using a new, nearly undetectable bomb aboard an airliner bound for America, officials say.
But the man the terrorists were counting on to carry out the attack was actually working for the CIA and Saudi intelligence, U.S. and Yemeni officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The dramatic sting operation thwarted the attack before it had a chance to succeed.
It was the latest misfire for Al Qaeda, which has repeatedly come close to detonating a bomb aboard an airliner. For the United State, it was a victory that delivered the bomb intact to U.S. intelligence.
The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operation. The cooperation of the would-be bomber was first reported Tuesday evening by The Los Angeles Times.
The FBI is still analyzing the explosive, which was intended to be concealed in a passenger's underwear. Officials said it was an upgrade over the bomb that failed to detonate on board an airplane over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb contained no metal and used a chemical -- lead azide -- that was to be a detonator in a nearly successful 2010 plot to attack cargo planes, officials said. (continue at Fox News)
It is not often we have such a successful infiltration of al-Qaeda at this level.
According to other reports and Fox News, the other bombers that are believed to be prepared to kill innocents have some type of bomb inserted into their bodies. The possibilities boggle the mind.