Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

2:59pm

Wed May 9, 2012
NPR Story

Outing Of Al-Qaida Double Agent May Benefit CIA

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 5:19 pm

U.S. officials now say that the man picked to bring a bomb onboard an airliner bound for the United States was actually an agent working on behalf of the CIA. That's the latest twist in a complicated tale — and it raises questions about just how dangerous the group behind the plot really is.

2:50pm

Wed May 9, 2012
National Security

Bomb Plot: Secrets Didn't Stay Secret For Long

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:13 pm

Information about CIA operations often leaks quickly, and analysts say this can complicate future efforts.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Once upon a time, CIA operations were secret.

But as the latest bomb plot in Yemen shows, little stays hidden for long these days.

In the post-Sept. 11 world, even the most sensitive intelligence operations quickly become daily fodder as the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet and media-friendly politicians give the story momentum. And it's often senior government officials and the intelligence community who spread the juiciest details.

Read more

5:20am

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Double Agent In Underwear Bomb Plot Produced Intelligence Coups

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 1:09 pm

4:44pm

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

CIA Informant Posed As A Would-Be Bomber To Foil Underwear Bomb Plot

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 5:05 pm

A new key detail has emerged in the foiled underwear bomb plot: NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports that a CIA informant posed as a suicide bomber in order to persuade the al-Qaida branch in Yemen to hand over a new, more sophisticated underwear bomb.

Read more

11:07am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

What We Know About The New Yemen Bomb Plot

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 2:52 pm

The latest plot to bomb a U.S. airliner has been foiled, but U.S. intelligence officials have described the bomb as a sophisticated device that's believed to be the work of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Many details are still not available, but here's what is and isn't known so far:

Read more

Pages