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The supposed bomber at the heart of an al-Qaeda airline plot was actually an informant working for the CIA, according to U.S. and Yemeni officials.
The plot, which was based on the use of a sophisticated underwear bomb, was successfully foiled by intelligence services after they caught wind of the attack plans last month.
Officials speaking on the condition of anonymity say the informant was working for the CIA and Saudi Arabian intelligence when he was given the bomb. He turned it over to authorities and is now safely out of Yemen.
The Los Angeles Times reports that experts are analyzing the allegedly "undetectable" device to see if it would really evade current security measures. It appears to be an advanced version of the so-called "underwear bomb" that was deployed unsuccessfully on Christmas Day 2009.