Officials: Al-Qaeda bomber was CIA informant

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 States, 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.

Read more at USA Today HERE.

  • Kal Kennedy

    Have you said anything good about Mormons or Mitt yet?

    Luke Warm is no support at all, and it has little chance of affecting the Republican Party.
    Board or stay on shore.

    And yes pied piper Ron P for 36 years has talk but no walk.
    Ross Perrot from Texas…oops, I mean Ron P, is like a tuba, a great part of the band but a lousy solo.