May 17, 2012- A probe was launched by the FBI into a leak over the plot to take down a jet bound for the U.S. Robert Mueller, the director of the FBI, said on Wednesday such tip-offs can endanger lives and harm ties with our allies.
He said these types of leaks make it harder for them to conduct their business because it makes it harder to get sources and keep them. Talks were beginning with partners of the U.S. to try to minimize the fallout from the leaks in the media in the U.S. The U.S. media exposed how the Central Intelligence Agency was able to foil a plot by al-Qaeda through the use of a double agent.
However, those types of illicit disclosures said Mueller are what threatens operations that are currently ongoing and puts the lives of many sources at risk. The U.S. media released key details about the bomb plot just hours after a key figure in al-Qaeda was hit by a drone strike. Mueller said it was important to find the leak before other critical and sensitive items were leaked.
A major network reported that the double agent went to Yemen as a mole when it was discovered that al-Qaeda was developing a more sophisticated underwear bomb. The network also said that the double agent was in possession of a British passport. When he learned the bomb was ready and the plot was being planned, he contacted counterterrorism officials in Saudi Arabia. From that point on, the U.S became involved.