U.S. officials confirm Al-Qaeda leak investigation

POSTED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 4:04pm

As TSA scrambled to review its procedures based on the attempted Al-Qaeda attack, came a new detail: the improved underwear bomb was slimmer and more form-fitted than the one that fizzled in 2009.

The new bomb designed to avoid detection if the bomber were patted down - either because he was selected after scanning for a pat down or elected not to be scanned.

Another issue: some overseas airports have started to screen with full body detectors, but not all airports.

U.S. officials are worried that an underwear bomb could still get on a u-s bound plane.

Meanwhile, yesterday it leaked that the CIA unraveled the bomb plot from within, using a Saudi double agent to penetrate Al-Qaeda in Yemen. This has current and former federal officials worried. It lays out an infiltration operation that terrorists might never have figured out.

"I don't think that Al-Qaeda will be shocked that we can use agents like this,” stated former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter. “This is exactly what the CIA and other intelligence services attempt to do, but they will simply be that much more cautious next time. It's going to make it a little bit harder for us to get people on the inside again and foil the next plot."

Experts say it will make it more difficult to get secretive governments like Saudi Arabia's to work with the CIA.

U.S. officials confirm a leak investigation is underway.


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