UK told US about underpants bombers contact with extremist in 2008


Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was named in a file of people based in Britain who had made contact with radical Muslim preachers. The file was sent to the US authorities in 2008.

The disclosure will embarrass President Barack Obama, who is already under pressure after failures by US intelligence to identify the bomber.


At first it was thought that MI5 gathered only limited information on Abdulmutallab and had therefore not alerted the US.

However, in an official briefing, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said that British intelligence was shared with the Americans.

He said: “Clearly there was security information about this individual’s activities and that was information that was shared with the US authorities. That is the key point.”


If US intelligence had a Google type search engine and did a search after the fathers disclosure of his concerns about his radicalized son there would have been plenty of information that would lead one to believe that at a minimum his US visa should be pulled.

Instead it appears we collect tib bits of information and pigeon hoe them in various places to be retrieved after the fact.


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