Intel leaks like Qaeda plot endanger lives: FBI chief

May 17, 2012

The FBI has launched a probe into leaks about a plot to blow up a US-bound jet, the agency’s chief Robert Mueller said Wednesday, warning such tip-offs endanger lives and may harm ties with allies. “Leaks such as this have… a huge impact on our ability to do our business. Not just on a particular source and the threat to the particular source, but your ability to recruit sources is severely hampered,” Mueller told lawmakers. Talks were under way with US partners to try to minimize any fallout over the leaks to the US media, which exposed how the CIA foiled an Al-Qaeda plot using a double agent, he said.

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