Interesting development to the story about AQAP's foiled plot to bomb another U.S. airliner with an underwear bomb.
The New York Times is reporting that the informant who tipped off the CIA to the plot was the suicide bomber himself. This agent infiltrated the Yemen-based terror cell, volunteered for the suicide mission, and eventually left Yemen with the bomb and delivered it to CIA and other inteliigence agencies, the newspaper reported. This underwear bomb is reportedly more sophisticated than the one used in an unsuccessful airplane bombing over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009. A U.S. official told the newspaper that this underwear bomb could be detonated two ways in case one method failed, and "undoubtedly would have brought down an aircraft," the newspaper reported.
The informant also delivered information that led to the drone strike that killed Fahd al-Quso, a senior AQAP member, on Sunday.
The name and nationality of the agent is understandably not being disclosed. Though it was disclosed that it was not the CIA that recruited him.
Give that man a medal.