According to U.S. and Yemeni officials, the alleged would-be bomber at the heart of an al-Qaida airliner plot was actually an informant working for the CIA.
“The revelation, first reported by The Los Angeles Times, shows how the CIA was able to get its hands on a sophisticated underwear bomb well before an attack was set in motion,” the AP’s Ahmed Al-Haj writes.
Officials say the informant was working for the CIA and Saudi Arabian intelligence when he was given the bomb. He then turned the device over to authorities. Officials say the informant is safely out of Yemen.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive intelligence matter.
NPR’s Eyder Peralta also reported that the “informant was safe outside Yemen and the bomb is at the FBI’s explosives lab in Quantico, Virginia.” The sophisticated underwear bomb was believed to be the work of of “al-Qaida’s top bomb maker.”
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