Thursday, May 10, 2012

'British' Double Agent Foiled Plane Bomb Plot

The double agent who helped foil an al Qaeda plot to blow up a US-bound plane was a British national, possibly of Saudi origin, American officials have said.

UK intelligence played a central role in the operation that thwarted the plan to send a suicide attacker onto an aircraft with an underwear bomb, they added.

The undercover investigation reportedly involved MI5 and MI6, and the foiled plot ended with the explosive device being delivered to the FBI.

Its experts are examining it to see if it could have passed through security and been taken on to a plane.

The spy reportedly infiltrated a terror group in Yemen in a rare coup for Western agencies.

The individual is believed to have grown up in Europe where he was apparently radicalised.

He was subsequently "turned" and recruited by Saudi agents last year, it was claimed.

The reports were neither being confirmed nor denied in the UK.

The Obama administration had reportedly been under heavy pressure not to disclose the role of British authorities in the investigation. Read More