Sunday, August 08, 2004


Bush Administration Betrays Another Agent

This time, rather than a political opponent's wife, the Bush Administration betrayed the identity of a double-agent during a sting operation against al Qaeda.

From Reuters:

Unmasking of Qaeda Mole a U.S. Security Blunder-Experts
Sat Aug 7, 2004 05:47 PM ET
By Peter Graff

LONDON (Reuters) - The revelation that a mole within al Qaeda was exposed after Washington launched its "orange alert" this month has shocked security experts, who say the outing of the source may have set back the war on terror.


"The whole thing smacks of either incompetence or worse," said Tim Ripley, a security expert who writes for Jane's Defense publications. "You have to ask: what are they doing compromising a deep mole within al Qaeda, when it's so difficult to get these guys in there in the first place?

"It goes against all the rules of counter-espionage, counter-terrorism, running agents and so forth. It's not exactly cloak and dagger undercover work if it's on the front pages every time there's a development, is it?"
U.S. officials now say Hindi, one of the suspects arrested after Khan's name was compromised, may have been the head of the team that cased those buildings.

But the Pakistani disclosure that Khan was under cover suggests that the cell had been infiltrated, and was under surveillance at the time Washington ordered the orange alert.

The security experts said that under such circumstances it would be extraordinary to issue a public warning, because of the risk of tipping off the cell that it had been compromised.

(Emphasis added)

Thanks to blogs Informed Comment (Juan Cole) and Daily Kos for first publicizing this story.


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