Remember a little story from last summer about an Al-Qaeda mole who was inadvertently outed by the U.S. government? The result was a hurried scramble by the British to round up the Al Qaeda members he had fingered and a lot of hand-wringing about lost opportunities.
An article from Reuters at the time had the following to say:
The screw-up was extensively discussed on this message board in this thread.
Well, now we know just how big a security screw-up it really was. The mole was none other than Naeem Noor Khan, whose name has just been linked to the recent London subway bombings. The hurried arrests last August were in Luton, the city where the subway bombers were based, and Khan’s laptop contained the plans for a bomb attack on the London subway.
Here’s an article from ABC News about the current state of the investigation into the subway bombings.
Here’s Condoleeza Rice on CNN confirming that the Bush administration leaked Khan’s name on background.
If Khan had remained a mole he would have been in the perfect position to provide us with the information necessary to stop this attack. Because his cover was blown, that opportunity was lost.
How can we fight a war on terror if people in the White House can’t keep their yaps shut?