Thwarted underwear bomber was a CIA double agent: Reports
The would-be al-Qaida suicide bomber working to take down a U.S.-bound airplane was actually a double agent at the heart of a complex sting operation, according to reports.
American and foreign officials have revealed that the bomber sent on the suicide mission by Yemeni al-Qaida members was actually a double-agent working with the C.I.A. and Saudi Arabia's intelligence service, posing as a terrorist in order to deliver to intelligence authorities a non-metallic bomb designed by al-Qaida to easily slip past security. The agent's name or nationality were not disclosed, but officials did say that he works for the Saudi intelligence service.
The agent also passed along information that enabled the Sunday drone strike responsible for the death of the organization's external operations director, Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso, according to The New York Times.