“Underwear Bomber” was CIA double agent

An al Qaeda operative who had stepped up to be a suicide bomber in what was part of a foiled attack on a US carrier has been identified as a double agent for both the Saudi Intelligence and the CIA. On Monday, the White House had announced the supposed plot which entailed a sophisticated “undetectable” non-metallic type device hidden in the underwear of an attacker.  But the New York Times reported on Tuesday that the would-be suicide bomber was instead a double agent who had “cooperated closely” with the CIA for several years. The agent is said to have traveled from Yemen to the United Arab Emirates where he turned over the bomb and other information to the CIA and Saudi Intelligence.

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